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 Directorate works to prevent and combat both communicable and non-communicable diseases (including mental illnesses and addiction). It promotes behaviour that is beneficial to health, improves framework conditions and enhances the population’s health literacy overall.

The Directorate also makes a significant contribution to ensuring that Switzerland is supplied with an adequate number of well-qualified healthcare professionals. It promotes patient-focussed, coordinated and competence-oriented work by specialists and works together with the cantons and other partners to develop care models, especially for particularly vulnerable people.

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.


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.

Health Equity

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

Last modification 21.12.2023

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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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