COVID-19 Updates

This page provides specific information on SDC response at the global and bilateral levels and shows you how our colleagues live the COVID epidemic in their daily work. At the bottom you will find links to scientific analysis on the pandemic and institutional advices.

1. Interviews with our colleagues on how they live the COVID epidemic in their daily work

NOTE for EDA staff on video 1: As YouTube is currently blocked, we are shortly uploading this video on SDC's video platform Interlake.

2. What is the SDC response so far? (as of May 14th, 2020)

On April 30th, the Swiss Parliament approved of a special credit of CHF 400 million in support of international action to combat the coronavirus.
CHF 200 million are granted to the ICRC as an interest-free loan, CHF 25 million to the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust. On 13 May 2020, the Federal Council approved the allocation of CHF 175 million for the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds will be used for humanitarian aid, the development and production of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and efforts aimed at ensuring equitable access to these medical solutions worldwide.

CHF 200 million are grant the ICRC as an interest-free loan, CHF 25 million to the IMF's Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust. In May, the Federal Council will decide on additional contributions of up to CHF 175 million for various internationally active organis​ations. SDC is currently designing contribution scenario for those remaining CHF 175 million.


Some concrete interventions at the national level
Considering the rapid evolving situation, the information published here is neither exhaustive nor complete.

  • In Africa, ​the SDC in the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya​) is supporting the development and implementation of national response plans (through WHO and AMREF). In Tanzania, the SDC and her long-standing partner, the Ifakara Health Institute, are contributing to diagnostic tests and capacities. In the Great Lakes region, the SDC is supporting WHO activities in Rwanda and Burundi. In Mozambique, SDC health programmes at provincial level are redesigned to include Covid-19 specific prevention measures (like hygiene promotion and community awareness campaigns).
  • In South-East Asia, budget reallocations for COVID-19 responses within the existing SDC's support (health basket fund and PHC programmes) in Myanmar were made. The WHO country office in Lao also received a specific contribution from the SDC to support the national response plan.
  • In Central Asia, a contribution to Agha Khan Agency for Habitat and UNICEF for protection equipment, communication and health staff training in Tajikistan has been provided by SDC. In Uzbekistan, the Swiss Embassy has made a contribution to the UN Country team. In Kyrgyzstan, SDC working on equipment and training of mobile medical outreach teams.


Switzerland donates personal protective equipment for medical workers to fight against COVID-19

Call 118! Switzerland helped to establish call centres in Kyrgyzstan to combat COVID-19?

Switzerland enhances public awareness on prevention against COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan​​

  • In Eastern Europe, SDC has engaged funds in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the procurement of medical equipment, primarily respirators, and mental health interventions. The Georgian Red Cross has received support from the Embassy for healthy lifestyle, awareness raising and communication material. In Moldova, SDC is redesigning ongoing programs and releasing additional contributions for procurement of protective item, as well as coordination and communication activities. The Ministry of Health of Armenia has received a contribution from the Swiss Embassy for procurement of ventilators.

Georgia: UNDP assists Georgia in raising the alarm about COVID-19 among vulnerable communities

Moldavia (picture):Switzerland and UNDP provide critical medical supplies to help Moldova counter COVID-19

Ukraine: Ukrainian –Swiss project “Medical Education Development” (MED) response to COVID-19

Ukrainian local self-government in response to coronavirus

Kosovo: AQH project response to the COVID-19 outbreak

Link to: Detailed SDC interventions per country (restricted access)

3. Keep yourself updated : what you need to know about the current epidemic

Below you can find a selection of important sources of information: