We are committed to ensure that actors in health promotion and prevention also include the migrant population in their measures and campaigns.
Coronavirus: Information for the migrant population: at www.bag-coronavirus.ch, at Downloads in various languages and on migesplus you will find fact sheets and videos on the new coronavirus and on COVID-19 vaccination in the languages of the migrant population. Please also note the information on mental health. Information on community interpreting during the Corona crisis can be found at INTERPRET (in German, French or Italian).
Traditional health promotion and prevention campaigns often fail to fully engage with migrant populations living in Switzerland. Yet scientific studies show there is a close correlation between migration background, social deprivation and health risks or burdens. State and non-state actors at all levels therefore need to do more to target migrants in their health promotion and prevention activities. Otherwise they are failing to reach an important segment of their target audience – with the resulting risks and costs this entails.
Migrant-appropriate health promotion
The FOPH supports migrant-friendly health promotion and prevention in a number of areas, including (available in German and French only):
Resources for projects aimed at migrant populations
Migrant-friendly communication and campaigns
Migrant-appropriate health promotion in cantons
One of the aims is to adapt existing health promotion and prevention campaigns to migrant needs. This involves cooperating with the relevant bodies within the FOPH (particularly national prevention programmes and campaigns), and raising awareness in the cantons and among other actors in the field. New programmes are created if it is not sensible or realistic to further develop existing ones.
migesplus.ch competence centre
Those who would like to design a migrant-friendly health promotion or prevention campaign can use the services of migesplus.ch. The competence centre, which is run by the Swiss Red Cross on behalf of the FOPH, offers support and advice in developing, translating and disseminating information materials aimed at migrant populations and other disadvantaged population groups.
Last modification 23.02.2023
Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Health Strategies Division
Health Equity Section
Tel. +41 58 463 30 11