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.

Confederation imposes tougher measures to combat coronavirus

18.10.2020 – At an extraordinary meeting on 18 October, the Federal Council introduced several further national measures to combat the rapid rise in coronavirus infections.

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).

Swiss Post supporting the SwissCovid app

16.10.2020 – Together with Swiss Post, we are running a national campaign to promote the SwissCovid app. For two weeks from 19 October, Swiss Post employees will be speaking to customers in their branches about the app.

Clinical Research: The Database

12.10.20 - On the Swiss online portal SNCTP, interested individuals can find approved clinical trials in the field of human research. The functions have now been extended.

New recommendations for when children under 12 have symptoms of illness

25.9.2020 – According to the latest findings, while children can get infected with the new coronavirus, those under age 12 are less likely to have symptoms or spread the virus to other people.

Go on and do it! Campaign to contain Covid-19 enters new phase

24.9.2020 – Tracing, testing, isolation and quarantine take centre stage in our new information campaign to contain the coronavirus. The call to “go on and do it!” is intended to motivate people to follow the hygiene and distancing rules.

Last modification 17.10.2020

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