Life phases

Each phase of a human being's life is shaped by structural changes in the body and mind and by the needs that result from these changes. In a number of life phases – childhood, pregnancy or advanced age ­– health is an especially important factor and particular care is needed to protect it.

30.06.2017

The federal government supports caregiving relatives

Caregiving relatives. The Swiss population is getting older, and there is an increasing shortage of skilled carers in the labour market. This affects the need for nursing staff as well as the willingness of relatives to take on caregiving and nursing responsibilities for their family members. There are many reasons for this. As the level of education in Switzerland increases, fewer and fewer employees are prepared to take on unpaid care and nursing tasks. Other factors include changed family structures, the increasing number of single-person households and the higher spatial distance between family members, which make these tasks more demanding. The "Relief programme for caregiving relatives" is designed to make it easier for family members to provide home care or nursing without significant loss of income or an irreparable reduction in your pension. more

30.06.2017

At first hand

Editorial. When a child, a life partner or a parent falls ill, relatives are often the first to provide support. These caregiving and nursing tasks can be demanding and time-consuming, but they are still taken for granted – even though they reduce the services required from the healthcare system. more

30.06.2017

The new Palliative Care platform supports the relatives of people who are severely or terminally ill

Palliative Care. Relatives play an important role in the care and support of patients who are severely ill or dying. It is therefore vital that they are supported in this challenging responsibility. With its new Palliative Care platform, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) publicises and supports services that assist relatives in this situation. more

30.06.2017

Information for migrants, their relatives and other interested persons and institutions

Information. In Switzerland, numerous publications address migrants to inform them on health issues in their mother tongue. Owing to the various language and structural barriers they face, access to preventive medicine and healthcare is difficult for many of them. The internet site migesplus.ch is an important source for health guides translated in various languages of the migrant population. more

06.09.2016

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. Ever more people are suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as cancer or diabetes. These conditions are a heavy burden not only on the patients and their families but also on our healthcare system. more

06.09.2016

People should be able to enjoy the best possible health in every phase of their lives

Life-course approach. The life-course approach is attracting growing interest among health professionals. Comprehensive overviews such as the UN's "Agenda 2030" Strategy on Sustainable Development, the WHO European Region's "Health 2020" framework or the Swiss government's health policy strategy of the same name are geared in part to the life-course approach. Moreover, the WHO European Region hosted a ministerial conference on the topic of the life-course approach last autumn. What is behind this approach and what makes it so interesting for prevention experts? more

06.09.2016

Donate organs? "Say what you think is important!"

Organ donation campaign 2016–2020. The new organ donation campaign focuses on discussion, communication and sharing. It is aimed at sensitising the general public into talking about the subject of organ transplantation with family and friends, reaching a decision for or against organ donation and communicating this decision. Only those who express their will can be sure that their decision will be respected by their relatives. The FOPH is launching the campaign in cooperation with the Swisstransplant foundation. more

08.09.2015

At first Hand

Editorial Ursula Koch and Roy Salveter. Health is not something that is achieved and remains unchanged forever; it is a "balance" that has to be maintained throughout a person's life and actively sought every single day. Nowadays health research assumes that people are able to take responsibility for themselves, for their health and for the world around them. Individuals, their life circumstances and their ability to play a part in shaping the world they inhabit are central factors in this approach. This is why the goal of strengthening people's health skills has for many years been the focus of all the prevention efforts undertaken by the Federal Office of Public Health and its partners. more

08.09.2015

"Strengthening health skills cannot be the task of public health policy alone."

Six questions for Stefan Spycher. Health skills are a key factor in the physical and mental wellbeing of the individual; they reduce pressure on the health system and consequently on society as a whole. But how can health policy help to establish and develop these skills in all people, and what is the state doing specifically to improve equality of opportunity? Stefan Spycher, Head of the Health Policy Directorate and Vice Director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) provides some answers. more

08.09.2015

Strengthening resources means establishing the skills needed to make healthier choices at an early stage

Health skills. The federal government is seeking to strengthen the resources available to the population by enabling people to learn health skills and to take responsibility for their own health. In line with the Federal Council's "Health 2020" strategy, the Federal Office of Public Health wants to increase equality of opportunity and improve the options available to the most vulnerable groups in society for achieving and maintaining good health. more