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.


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


«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


If something itches or stings, go and see a doctor

LOVE LIFE campaign. The LOVE LIFE campaign went public in a new and different form in March 2011. Its focus is on sexually trans­mitted infections (STIs), which are now included in HIV prevention activities. “If something itches or stings, go and see a doctor.” This main message is communicated both clearly and humorously in TV spots, on posters and on web pages. more


Global strategy for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections

National HIV and STI Programme 2011–2017 (NPHS). The new NPHS will continue the work undertaken to date and take account of the latest findings: for the first time ever, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been integrated into a programme for combating HIV. The strategy is to concentrate on particularly at-risk target groups and on people with HIV and their partners. The main goal is to significantly reduce the number of new infections with HIV and other STIs and to avoid long-term effects that are harmful to health. more


At first hand

Editorial Didier Burkhalter. Migration & health, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, HIV/AIDS and diet & physical activity – these are the topics of the many National Programmes that are addressing the different health challenges facing us. But what the programmes all have in common, regardless of their thematic focus, is the aim of acting ahead of events to help improve the health of people living in our country. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. At the most recent OECD Health Ministerial Meeting, it was again clearly stated that «prevention programmes are highly cost-effective in improving health and longevity». more


Basic research to support prevention in the sex trade

Sex work and health. Sex workers are increasingly exposed to risks that are harmful to both well-being and health. The three-part study «Der Sexmarkt in der Schweiz – Kenntnisstand, Best Practices und Empfehlungen» (The sex market in Switzerland – state of knowledge, best practices and recommendations) identifies the areas in this setting in which effective prevention and health-promotion strat­egies can be deployed. more


A BIG project for health promotion in prisons

A BIG project for health promotion in prisons. Studies show that prison inmates are affected by infectious diseases more frequently than the general population. The «BIG» project has been set up to combat the problem of infectious diseases in prisons and to bring healthcare in prisons up to the same standard as that available in the community. more


Flu pandemic: Swiss population well informed

Survey. More and more people in Switzerland are taking steps to protect themselves from flu by improving hygiene. By contrast, the popularity of vaccination has declined, as a representative survey carried out in November 2009 reveals. more


STOP AIDS tackles the silly season

LOVE LIFE STOP AIDS 2010. The second year of the «Too quick to think of condoms?» campaign will start just in time for Carnival, with a new thematic focus. more