Prevention and Public Health Services Directorate

The Directorate promotes prevention and the continuing development of healthcare provision. It establishes legal frameworks and develops new public health strategies. 

The Prevention and Publish Health Services Directorate develops the policies and programmes for the prevention of non-communicable diseases and addiction. It promotes health literacy among members of the Swiss public and contributes to strengthening conditions conducive to good health. The directorate monitors and combats communicable diseases and coordinates crisis management strategies for pandemics. It supports the continuing development of healthcare provision and promotes health equity. It also strengthens basic healthcare and interprofessionality and sets out the framework for initial and continuing training and professional development of healthcare professionals.

Linda Nartey

Linda Nartey
Head of Prevention and Public Health Services Directorate, Vice Director, Member of the Senior management (since 2022)

Further information

Addiction & health

Addictions and dependencies pose a risk to individuals and society at large. That’s why we promote people’s health literacy. Find out here about the various addictions and addiction prevention, regulation, damage limitation, counselling and therapies.

National Strategy Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many non-communicable diseases and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections

The NPHS aims to reduce the number of new infections with HIV and other STIs and to avoid consequences with an adverse effect on health. Information on the programme can be found here.

Health Equity

Our health system must be accessible to all, regardless of language, origin, social status or educational level.


The Confederation, together with the cantons and other stakeholders, has drawn up a national vaccination strategy (NVS) with the aim of guaranteeing that the population is sufficiently protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Last modification 20.07.2023

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Prevention and Healthcare Provision Directorate
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Bern
Tel. +41 58 463 80 23

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