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
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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>>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
The contact person for the health network is
Viviane Hasselmann, Co-Focal Point Global Programme Health.
If you have news, you would like to share on this page, please contact
Franz Thiel, Health Shareweb Facilitator.