The popular initiative "Stop overpopulation and protect the environment" calls for a cap on residence permits and also for 10% of funding earmarked for development cooperation to be spent on voluntary birth control measures.
Switzerland's many years of experience in development cooperation have shown that isolated measures are not effective. If the initiative is adopted, Switzerland would have to carry out projects in the area of voluntary birth control in developing countries, even if their effectiveness has been demonstrated to be limited. Cuts would also have to be made in funding for other important work, which could actually run counter to the objectives of the initiative's proponents. The Federal Council recommends that the initiative should be rejected.
This website serves as a gateway to the latest in SDC Health Policy and Practice, the Swiss contribution to reaching the Millennium Development Goals related to health, as well as to general information about the work we are doing.
From May 2011 to May 2014, Switzerland will be occupying a seat on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO). Switzerland is committed to a strengthening of both the WHO and of
national healthcare systems.
Switzerland on the Executive Board
Health - Crucial key to development
The health gap between rich and poor continues to widen. In many parts of the world, the progress that has been achieved in public health over the years is being reversed. For several hundred million people worldwide, access to basic services such as health, drinking water or sanitation remains extremely difficult – if not impossible.
InIn SDC's view, the rampant inequalities in health matters are unacceptable violations of basic human rights. SDC activities in this sector focus on three areas.
Health systems and
Sexual and reproductive health, including infant and maternal health, cover issues as diverse as leading a safe and satisfiying sex life to the ability to have children and the freedom to decide if, when, and how often to do so.
Additional Information and DocumentsDocuments
- SDC Health Policy
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- A focus on psychosocial support
Africa Brief - November 2010
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- Human Resources for Health Development in Low- and Middle- Income Countries
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- Un seul monde 4/2012
Disponible seulement en Suisse
No. 4/2012 : Santé / Tchad / Tanzanie / Népal
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- Swiss Health Foreign Policy
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- Switzerland’s contribution - The achievements of SDC in 2006–2010
Results in the areas of Health, Employment, Basic and further education, Agriculture, Rule of law and democracy, Water, Humanitarian Aid, Partnering with NGOs
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- WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property:
the Contribution of Switzerland
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Articles and Press releases
- Switzerland's new health foreign policy is approved
- What are “advanced diseases” doing in the most disadvantaged countries?
- Primary Health Care: kalter Kaffee?