WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends. It also has an obligation to help achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.
The WHO works in close collaboration with governments, a host of agencies, private foundations and non-governmental organisations as well as with private sector representatives to address health matters worldwide.
Switzerland shares the general goals of the WHO. Regarding development cooperation in global health, it set seven priorities that correspond to various WHO programme areas. According to its strategy, Switzerland’s general objective is to reduce inequities by strengthening pro poor health systems and making the offer more responsive to needs. In addition to the general contribution to WHO, Switzerland supports two special programmes which are hosted by WHO: the Programme of Research and Training in Tropical Diseases and the Programme of Research, Development and Research in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights. Switzerland operates both on the country and on the multilateral/international level. It fosters exchange and synergies between both levels of cooperation in order to enhance coherence in its actions and among its partners. Moreover, the overall development performance of the WHO is measured by the impact of its work on women’s health and health in Africa, where Switzerland’s commitments to health programmes are greatest.
Please find more information about the Swiss cooperation with the IDA in our factsheet or contact the SDC Programme Manager WHO Carla Koch.