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.

01.07.2012

National prevention programmes: many evaluation recommendations already implemented

Position of the Federal Office of Public Health. The Federal Office of Public Health commissioned evaluations of the 2008–2012 national prevention programmes on alcohol, tobacco, diet & physical activity and of the Swiss government’s Package of Measures to Reduce Drug Problems 2006–2011 (MaPaDro III). The evaluators argued strongly in favour of prolonging the programmes and proposed a number of improvements. The recommendations have been incorporated into the programmes and some have already been implemented. more

01.07.2012

Switzerland tackles measles

Measles Elimination Strategy. World Health Organization Europe aims to eliminate measles from the region by 2015. Switzerland has also committed to achieving this goal. The Swiss government therefore approved the Measles Elimination Strategy in December 2011. Measles is not a harmless childhood disease but a highly contagious viral infection. more

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