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The Health Network is the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s thematic network for health and includes SDC staff members and partners who are involved in strengthening health systems worldwide. Members of the SDC Health Network are development practitioners with links to the activities of SDC. The primary goal of this platform is to support the implementation of SDC orientation in fostering quality health systems and addressing key factors that influence health. The platform is key to capturing, processing and mutually sharing programmatic and policy experience, results and lessons learnt at global and local level through​​ bilateral cooperation programmes, humanitarian aid work and other SDC global programs working on health-related aspects, but also with Swiss-based stakeholders and NGOs engaging for health. 


  • Facilitate exchange of experiences between countries and regions... for positioning and advocating the relevance of health in poverty reduction.

  • Provide access to resources and technical expertise.....by using lessons learned to improve our work, developing incentives and stimulate innovations.

  • Foster field-field exchange... among practitioners, and network communication, sharing knowledge between SDC units and partners who likely know “how it works”, and thereby seek synergies with other SDC thematic networks and communities of practice.

  • Provide easy access to information...on international debates on relevant health issues.

  • Facilitate informed advice...for Swiss/SDC positions at board, institutional and technical level meetings.

  • Coordinate and foster communication and collaboration...on health programmes between operational fieldwork and decision makers in Parliament.

  • Offer guidance and promote exchange... on priorities in health and on positioning SDC/Switzerland in international and global health debates.

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