National health strategies

Many health issues have to be addressed on a nationwide basis and closely coordinated. The federal authorities have adopted national healthcare strategies setting down goals, approaches and measures in various areas of public health policy. Find out here about national strategies in areas including antibiotic resistance, dementia, e-health, cancer, non-communicable diseases, palliative care, addiction and migrant health. 

National Strategy on Addiction

Addiction is a dynamic area of policy that constantly has to respond to new challenges, for example changing patterns of behaviour and trends in consumption.

National Dementia Strategy 2014-2019

The main objective of the «National Dementia Strategy» is to support those affected by dementia and promote their quality of life while consistently taking their individual circumstances into account.

Strategy against healthcare-associated infections (NOSO strategy)

The objective of the National Strategy for the Monitoring, Prevention and Control of Healthcare-Associated Infections (NOSO strategy) is to reduce the number of infections acquired in hospitals and care homes in Switzerland.

Health Equity

The federal administration’s programme on migration and health was designed to improve the health literacy of the migrant population and help healthcare professionals deal with patients of different origins.

National Programme for HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (NPHS)

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.

National Strategy for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

In Switzerland 2.2 million people suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many of these conditions and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

Palliative Care Strategy

The National Strategy for Palliative Care was implemented by the federal government from 2010 to 2015. Measures were introduced in several areas, such as care delivery, education and awareness-raising.

National Vaccination Strategy (NVS)

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.