Communicable diseases

Working in collaboration with the cantons, international health agencies and other partners, the Swiss Government combats communicable diseases that constitute a threat to public health in Switzerland.

01.05.2012

HIV and STIs are unevenly distributed – priorities need to be set

The National Programme on HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections 2011–2017. For the first time, the National Programme is focusing on the prevention not only of new HIV infections but, explicitly, of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well. more

01.05.2012

At first hand

Editorial Catherine Gasser. The approximately 7,700 family physicians (GPs) practising in Switzerland play a key role in the provision of primary healthcare for the citizens of our country. One of the major challenges of their work is that of correctly identifying the risk of serious illness occurring on the evidence of non-specific symptoms and of instituting appropriate measures and investigations. more

01.03.2012

Growing focus on prison health

BIG – combating infectious diseases in prisons. The aim of the BIG project launched in 2008 is to bring health care in penal institutions into line with that of the community. The experience gained with BIG has been positive, and therefore the project is now to be institutionalised on a sustainable basis. more

01.03.2012

Flu prevention: objectives not (yet) achieved

Evaluation. The communication objectives relating to seasonal flu 2008–2012 have not yet been achieved. This is due more to scarcity of resources (compared with the very ambitious objectives) than to the choice and implementation of measures. more

01.03.2012

At first hand

Editorial Karen Klaue. The risk of contracting an infectious disease such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis or tuberculosis is greater in prisons than in the community. Research conducted both in Switzerland and abroad has confirmed this. While detainees do not have the right to free choice of doctor nor do they have automatic access to preventive and curative healthcare, however, it is essential that they have the same chance of enjoying the best possible health and benefiting from the same health counselling, care and support services as people who live in the community. more

01.01.2012

Sexual health necessitates sexual rights

PLANeS. Sexual and reproductive health can and must be protected and promoted as a human right. PLANeS, the Swiss Foundation for Sexual and Reproductive Health (to be known as SEXUAL HEALTH Switzerland from the end of the year), actively supports this goal. more

01.01.2012

Sex between men – towards better sexual health

New publication: On 1 December the Federal Office of Public Health issued a brochure entitled «Sex unter Männern: Für eine bessere sexuelle Gesundheit 2012» [Sex between men: towards better sexual health 2012]. This brochure reviews the current facts and figures on the HIV epidemic among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). It provides the framework of the strategy set out in the «Urgent Action Plan 2012». more

01.01.2012

At first hand

Editorial Martin Werner. The following statement concerning sexual health has caused a particular stir in parts of Switzerland in the last few months: «In cooperation with the cantons, the aim is to integrate age-appropriate sexual health education into the curriculum of compulsory and post-compulsory schooling as part of health promotion.« This sentence occurs in the National Programme on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (NPHS) 2011–2017, which the Swiss Government published a year ago. Since then, certain Swiss media have attacked the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) with such headlines as «porn for pre-school kids». more

01.11.2011

At first hand

Editorial Gaudenz Silberschmidt. Whether it’s flu epidemics, food crises, trade in medicines or development aid, many health issues require global responses. The WHO – the United Nations’ authority for coordinating public health at the international level – has been providing them for over sixty years. As the sole global regulatory body in the health field, it lays down internationally valid rules and standards that serve the individual member states as guidelines for their national health policies. Switzerland is no exception: our national prevention programmes on tobacco, alcohol and diet & physical activity were shaped in part by the corresponding international strategies, agreements and resolutions of the WHO. Likewise, the draft of our Prevention Act was also influenced by the WHO Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. more

01.07.2011

«Checkpoints» to become gay health centres

Queer health. Not only is HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) prevalence higher in average among gay men than in the general population, but their general health is much poorer too. To counterbalance this trend, five health centres designed to respond specifically to gay men’s needs are to be set up in Switzerland. more