Welcome to the Shareweb of the SDC Health Network

This is the Health Network Shareweb of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC. Our staff and partners as well as anybody interested in international health issues are welcome to use the SDC Health Shareweb. This shareweb serves as a gateway to the latest SDC Health Policy and Practice, the Swiss contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals related to health, as well as to general information about the work we are doing. Read more about us >>


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From “the first 1,000 days” to “the first 8,000 days”​

It has been widely acknowledged that investment in health during the first 1,000 days of life can safeguard the health and life quality of individuals throughout their life-course [https://www.unicef-irc.org/article/958-the-first-1000-days-of-life-the-brains-window-of-opportunity.html]. Increasingly, however, broader analysis of research data indicates that throughout the 21 years (or 8,000 days) for a child to develop into an adult, there are multiple sensitive phases that shape development and evidence supports the argument that age-appropriate learning, health and nutrition support is required throughout for a child to achieve full potential as an adult. Read more>>

30/04/2018 09:50

World Malaria Day 2018: Ready to beat malaria

Between the years 2000 and 2015 efforts to prevent and control malaria made great progress, with a 45% decrease in cases that is estimated to have saved more than 6 million lives. However, the 2017 World Malaria Report identified that progress is stalling and malaria is at a cross-roads between great progress towards eradication and a significant increase in the number of cases in some countries. Read more >>

24/04/2018 15:41

​World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2018: “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World”

March 24th is the anniversary of the discovery of TB in 1882. Each year this day is marked by World TB Day to raise awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of TB and to stimulate efforts to end the global epidemic​. Read more >>

21/03/2018 15:12

​Newborn Deaths

In the course of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) period, considerable progress was made globally towards goals 4 (Reduce child mortality) and 5 (improve maternal health). These improvements in child and maternal health resulted in a decline in the number of deaths among children aged between one month and five years. However, newborn death rates have not declined equally in different settings, and every day, some 7,000 babies take their first and last breath on the day they are born. Read more >>

09/03/2018 11:46

​World Leprosy Day 28 January 2018

World Leprosy Day is commemorated every year on the last Sunday of January. The aim is to increase public awareness that leprosy is curable and if detected at an early stage, disability can be prevented. Read more >>

26/01/2018 17:39


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Network contact

The contact person for the health network is Viviane Hasselmann, Co-Focal Point Global Programme Health.

Post your own news

If you have news, you would like to share on this page, please contact Franz Thiel, Health Shareweb Facilitator.

Health Events Calendar

Visit our Health Events Calendar to find more details about upcoming workshops, conferences or meetings.

If you would like to share an events in the calender, please contact Martina Staenke.

Next upcoming events:
26/05/2018#AidToo: Sexual exploitation in international cooperation. Prevent, respond adequately – and most of all: address the root causes
07/06/2018International Conference on Engaging Men & Boys (EMB)
28/06/2018Clinical Research in Resource Limited Settings - Mission Impossible or Role Model for Future Drug Development?
23/07/2018AIDS 2018
08/10/2018The Fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research