December 2015 spectra 111 - International

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Switzerland's health-related foreign policy: which objectives does it pursue and what has it already achieved?

Swiss Health Foreign Policy. The process of globalisation and the internationalisation of the public health sector generate a great demand for coordination between health, foreign and development policies. In order to ensure Switzerland’s capability to be a convincing partner with a coherent position and to represent its interests in the best way possible, the Swiss Health Foreign Policy (HFP) was approved in 2012 to serve as an instrument for this coordination. Thematic areas such as transport, environment, energy, security and global health are increasingly important topics in international relations. They play a substantial role in the sustainable development of societies, and can therefore no longer be addressed in isolation – nor be restricted to a state’s territory. Thanks to its HFP, Switzerland is well equipped to formulate and implement a coordinated and coherent health policy approach at both national and international levels. In addition, health is a useful tool for strengthening and further developing our international relations with key partners. more


At first hand

Editorial Tania Dussey-Cavassini. The health problems of a specific population are not confined to its residential area. Viruses, for instance, do not have passports, nor do national borders stop them from spreading. more


«People make behavioural choices, we cannot deny that. But the creation of the environment is part of the State’s responsibility.»

Interview with Gauden Galea. Federal and Cantonal authorities joined Swiss Health Promotion on June 22nd at the NCD Stakeholders' Event to present and discuss a draft for a National Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention Strategy. Dr Gauden Galea, Director, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Lifecourse, WHO Regional Office for Europe, travelled from Copenhagen in order to show admiration for the Swiss model from the international perspective. Galea had special praise for the integrative aspects of the Swiss Strategy Draft, its solid basis on evidence, emphasis on prevention, and inclusion of economically disadvantaged and vulnerable population groups. He also commends the consultative and participatory process. more


WHO physical activity strategy launched

WHO/Europe. In September, the WHO Regional Office for Europe approved the physical activity strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025 – the WHO's first ever strategy on physical activity. Its target is to bring about a 10% reduction in physical inactivity among the population of Europe by 2025. Switzerland has played a major role in developing the WHO strategy and has already been active for years in the five priority areas that the WHO has defined. What are the WHO's goals and what has Switzerland already achieved in this respect? A comparison. more