The overall goal of SDC’s cooperation in health is to
improve population health with a special focus on poor and vulnerable groups.
Improving the health status of populations provides opportunities for improved
livelihoods and well-being and, thus, reduces poverty and vulnerability. SDC’s humanitarian
and development cooperation is channelled through a mix of bilateral, multilateral
and global cooperation efforts. The agency supports its partners to go beyond
project-based approaches towards a coordinated programme and sector approach
promoting ownership. SDC systematically fosters the participation of its
partners in national, regional and international debates and exchanges.
Global development cooperation
At global level, SDC supports and
interacts with numerous multilateral institutions and global health initiatives
as well as international NGOs, research centres for development, and
public-private partnerships. SDC aims to strengthen the coherence and impact of Swiss engagement in
international health and to actively engage in the global health policy
Bilateral development cooperation
At regional and national level, SDC
actively coordinates and promotes synergies with all development actors - from
bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the public and the private
sector to civil society.
SDC Key Documents
SDC has published several documents on health. These cover SDC and Swiss foreign policies on several levels.