Sunday, March 11, 2012

[EQ] Swiss Health Foreign Policy

Swiss Health Foreign Policy

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA
The Federal Authorities of the Swiss Confederation – March 2012

This policy establishes priorities and defines cooperation between all administrative units in matters of global health policy

Available online PDF [31p.] at:

“…….As a result of globalization, health issues are becoming increasingly important at the inter-national level. A growing interdependence between domestic and health foreign policy is apparent worldwide. Health has also become a topic of Switzerland's foreign policy and therefore a focused and multisectoral approach is required in order to ensure that funda-mental Swiss values such as human rights, the rule of law and democracy are guaranteed, and also that the interests of a wide variety of Swiss actors can be taken into account.

Underlying Swiss Health Foreign Policy are all the country's international concerns relating to health – with neighbouring countries, in European policy, on the subject of global public goods, or in development policy.

The policy is based on a concept of global health which – in contrast to the concept of international health that prevailed up to the turn of the century, focusing primarily on the health problems of the least developed countries – is concerned with strategies at the global level. Accordingly, prime responsibility rests with all countries, and not only – as in the conception of international health – with donor and beneficiary countries.

The present Swiss Health Foreign Policy, a revised version of the 2006 Agreement on Health Foreign Policy Objectives, is the result of a consultation procedure involving the relevant federal authorities and interested parties from civil society, the private sector, re-search, Swiss health system actors and the Swiss Conference of the Cantonal Ministers of Public Health. It was approved by the Federal Council on 09 March 2012, has a medium-term perspective and is to be reviewed as required, but after six years at the latest. ……”



1 Introduction

2 Review of Swiss Health Foreign Policy

3 Challenges

4 Principles and values

5 Actors

6 Areas of interest

7 Objectives of Swiss Health Foreign Policy

8 Instruments for enhancing coordination and coherence

9 Resources

10 Annexes


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