The FOPH safeguards the health of the public, develops Swiss healthcare policy, and works for an effective and affordable healthcare system. Here you’ll find important news from the broad range of different fields in which we operate, from preventive care and the treatment of disease to mandatory health insurance and the current healthcare debate.

New coronavirus: Pink indicates easing of measures

30.4.2020 - Pink – the new colour of the public awareness campaign – indicates that further restrictions are being eased. Various types of activity are now permitted on condition that precautionary measures are adhered to. Continue to follow hygiene and social distancing rules.

Keep up the good work – our motivational video

21.4.2020 - The new coronavirus is having a major impact on our daily lives. We are having to forego a great deal that is dear to us. That requires discipline and commitment. The video ‘Keep up the good work’ is intended to motivate everyone to carry on.

Staying at home and playing Bunny Madness

14.4.2020 - Thank you for staying at home this Easter weekend. Perhaps you even had a go at playing Bunny Madness? Many of you did: the bunny was sent off on its chase almost 500,000 times.

Stay at home – even over Easter and even if the weather is fine

9.4.2020 - The message, even over Easter, is to stay at home and not have friends or family round. Only then can we continue to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Play Bunny Madness to pass the time instead!

New Coronavirus: Evaluation of anonymised data on gatherings

27.3.20 - On 21 March, the Federal Council prohibited gatherings of more than five people in public spaces. We with the help of Swisscom’s analyses and graphics we are assessing whether this measure is being respected. We do not receive any location data; all data is anonymised and aggregated. It is not possible to make inferences about specific individuals.

National conference on health in old age

21.2.20 - Never have the chances of a long life been better here in Switzerland. But what can we do to preserve people’s quality of life in old age? This was the question addressed at the conference on the Health2030 Strategy.

Patient Safety Summit

6.2.20 - Switzerland hosts the fifth Global Ministerial Patient Safety Summit in Montreux from 27 to 28 February. Several hundred experts and policy-makers are expected.

«Antibiotics: Use wisely, take precisely»

9.11.18 - The FOPH, FSVO, FOAG and FOEN have launched a campaign to raise awareness among the Swiss population about the responsible use of antibiotics.

Communication in the healthcare sector

24.10.18 - Proper communication between health professionals and their patients is the basis for successful treatment. As can be seen from the latest issue of spectra, this aspect needs greater attention.

New issue of spectra on the topic of “mHealth”

7.9.18 - Apps on mobile devices such as smartphones open up a wide range of opportunities in prevention and health promotion. spectra discusses health apps and the security of the data they contain for users and developers.

Latest issue of «spectra»

11.5.18 - In Switzerland some 500 000 people suffer from a rare disease. The National Rare Disease Policy is intended to support affected patients and their relatives with their most important concerns.

Equality of opportunity

9.1.18 - The current issue is dedicated to the topic of equality of opportunity. It features the following themes: National Programme on Migration and Health (2002–2017), research on factors, which produce inequality in health opportunities as well as measures for fighting inequality.

Use of antibiotics – only if necessary

9.11.17 - Talking about antibiotic resistance – this is the aim of the International Antibiotic Awareness Week from 13 to 19 November 2017.

SmokeFree: it always makes sense to stop smoking

The SmokeFree campaign has chosen the slogan “I am stronger” to reflect the fact that you have to be strong to quit smoking. Just how strong is shown in a TV commercial featuring a man tearing a telephone book in half.

National Strategy Addictions

11.9.17 - Addiction and risk behavior have always been a phenomenon in society. The new issue gives some insight into the current discussions in the prevention of addictions and the new National Strategy Addictions (2017-2024).

Prevention Programmes on the risk factors alcohol, tobacco, nutrition and physical activity

3.7.17 - The new issue is presenting the outcomes of the National Prevention Programmes on the risk factors alcohol, tobacco, nutrition and physical activity as well as the Package of Drug-Related Measures that drew to a close at the end of 2016, and it takes a look into the future.

National Prevention Programmes

4.5.17 - The new issue is presenting the outcomes of the National Prevention Programmes on the risk factors alcohol, tobacco, nutrition and physical activity as well as the Package of Drug-Related Measures that drew to a close at the end of 2016, and it takes a look into the future.

National Vaccination Strategy

12.1.17 - It is possible to protect the general public even more effectively against infectious diseases. To achieve this goal, the Federal Council has adopted a National Vaccination Strategy (NVS) designed to optimise vaccine protection.

Strategy Addictions

2.12.16 - In order to reinforce the prevention of addictions, the Federal Council approved the measures plan of the National Strategy Addictions 2017-2024. Its purpose is to prevent addictions and to provide early support to at-risk individuals.


11.11.16 - The new LOVE LIFE prevention campaign focuses on change in sexual partners, which can increase the risk of catching HIV or another sexually transmitted infection (STI).

List of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection

5.8.2020 – The Federal Council has updated the list of countries and areas with an increased risk of infection. It will enter into force on 8 August 2020 (0:00 hours). Among others, Spain (with the exception of the Balearic and Canary Islands) has been added to the list.

SwissCovid app: 2 million downloads

23.7.2020 – 2 million people have already downloaded the SwissCovid app. Thank you for your trust in us. You are helping to break chains of infection.

Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom to send text about the SwissCovid app

13.7.2020 – The three Swiss mobile network operators, Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom, are sending a text message at our request. In it, they recommend that their customers should install the SwissCovid app.

New coronavirus: FOPH Infochannel on WhatsApp

29.6.2020 - You can also receive a wide range of information about the coronavirus via WhatsApp. Start the chat by messaging 079 155 11 05 in WhatsApp. Your contact details are anonymised and are not stored.

SwissCovid app available from 25 June

25.6.2020 - The Federal Council approved the Ordinance on the Proximity Tracing System on 24 June. The SwissCovid app can now be used throughout Switzerland. It is available in the Apple and Google Play stores.

Last modification 23.05.2019

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