Campaigns and recommendations

The FOPH conducts information campaigns aimed at raising awareness of issues, for instance communicable diseases, smoking and alcohol consumption, handling of chemical products in everyday life, measles vaccination or organ donation, among people living in Switzerland.


Online self-management course for cocaine users

Snow Control": the online Snow Control course helps cocaine users in their efforts to reduce their intake – or to achieve abstinence. more


Alcohol prevention, e.g. in the workplace or for families

Projects of the National Programme Alcohol. Within the framework of the National Programme Alcohol a total of twenty alcohol prevention projects financed or co-financed by the federal government have been realised or initiated in the last one and a half years. Some of them focus on alcohol consumption in the workplace and on protecting the children of alcoholic parents. This issue of spectra outlines three of the projects. more


Alcohol campaign: the dialogue goes on

Alcohol prevention. In 2011, the Federal Office of Public Health used the "Alcohol Dialogue Week" to launch the alcohol prevention campaign "Talking about alcohol" – a platform that society can use to discuss the topic of alcohol. The second "Dialogue Week" will take place in 2013. more


Addiction medicine: networks support family doctors

Networks. Quitting smoking, alcohol withdrawal, prescription of methadone: family doctors are often the first, and also the most important, professionals that addiction patients turn to for help. Collège romand de médicine de l’addiction (COROMA), Addiction Medicine Forum Eastern Switzerland (FOSUMOS) and Addiction Medicine Forum Central Switzerland (FOSUMIS) are networks that were set up to help family doctors professionalise and facilitate their work with addiction patients. more


A packful of zest for life

2012 SmokeFree campaign. The new edition of the current anti-smoking campaign again celebrates the pleasurable life of the non-smoker. The public and the campaign partners appreciate this positive approach. more


New images to combat the force of habit

Tobacco prevention. The second series of combined verbal and pictorial warnings have been printed on packs of tobacco products since 1 January 2012. more


HIV and STIs are unevenly distributed – priorities need to be set

The National Programme on HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections 2011–2017. For the first time, the National Programme is focusing on the prevention not only of new HIV infections but, explicitly, of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well. more


Growing focus on prison health

BIG – combating infectious diseases in prisons. The aim of the BIG project launched in 2008 is to bring health care in penal institutions into line with that of the community. The experience gained with BIG has been positive, and therefore the project is now to be institutionalised on a sustainable basis. more


Efforts to protect the integrity of the female body

Female genital mutilation. Female circumcision or female genital mutilation (FGM) is an issue that also affects women and girls living in Switzerland. The legal situation regarding FGM has recently been clarified. The Federal Office of Public Health has been cooperating for many years with a range of partners to promote prevention and raise awareness of the FGM problem. more


Sex between men – towards better sexual health

New publication: On 1 December the Federal Office of Public Health issued a brochure entitled «Sex unter Männern: Für eine bessere sexuelle Gesundheit 2012» [Sex between men: towards better sexual health 2012]. This brochure reviews the current facts and figures on the HIV epidemic among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). It provides the framework of the strategy set out in the «Urgent Action Plan 2012». more