Vulnerable groups

Certain sectors of the population are particularly vulnerable in terms of harm to health, owing either to their physical or emotional constitution (e.g. disability, mental illness, addictive disorder, pregnancy, advanced age, migration background, etc.) or to their socio-economic situation.

01.11.2013

"Counselling trans people is only a small, but nonetheless vital piece of the puzzle."

Forum Hannes Rudolph. A special unit for trans people (Fachstelle für Transmenschen) has been in service at Checkpoint Zurich since March 2012. It was set up in cooperation with the Transgender Network Switzerland (TGNS) to advise people, whose gender identity does not match that assigned to them by birth. It is the only paid unit in German-speaking Switzerland that offers trans people independent counselling by other trans people, though there is a second such unit at Checkpoint Vaud to serve French-speaking Switzerland. Besides counselling trans people themselves, the unit also provides advice for their relatives and people who, for other reasons (e. g. professional), have questions about trans* issues (the asterisk refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum). more

01.11.2013

At first hand

Editorial Steven Derendinger. The first Swiss HIV & STI forum on the sexual health of trans people, which was organised by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), marks not only an increased awareness of this topic, but also an important and welcome change in its development. more

01.07.2013

Health for schools – schools for health

Lead article. According to the National Health Report 2008, education is one of the most important socio-economic deter­minants of health. People with a high level of education generally behave in a healthier way, feel healthier and have a longer life expectancy than sectors of the population with little education. Conversely, healthy pupils have been shown to learn more easily and to retain what they have learnt for a longer time. There is therefore an interactive relationship between education and health. more

01.07.2013

At first hand

Editorial Andrea Arz de Falco. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) has a vested interest in schools because they play an important role in public health. All children in Switzerland have the right to a basic education. During the years that children and adolescents spend at school, they also learn a great deal about their health. In the classroom they are taught the essentials of hygiene and biology, and in the corridors and during the breaks they learn behaviour and skills relating to diet, physical activity and how to deal with stress, conflict and risk situations. This stands them in good stead for the rest of their lives. We also know that a good atmosphere at school has a positive effect on performance in teachers, children and adolescents. more

01.07.2013

Physical activity enables learning with all senses

Physically active learning. Schools that integrate physical activity into the school routine in areas other than sport and physical education are very successful: their pupils and teachers are more concentrated and receptive during lessons and enjoy the everyday life of the school. This means that a greater amount of physical activity at school creates a setting that promotes health and supports learning, teaching and a good school climate. more

01.07.2013

Government prolongs the Migration and Health programme

Equality of opportunity. By extending the duration of the National Programme on Migration and Health to the end of 2017, the Swiss government (Federal Council) aims to contribute towards improving the health of Switzerland's migrant communities. A publication summarises the status of implementation of the programme and outlines the future aims and measures. more

01.05.2013

"Break the chains" to reduce HIV infection

Gay community. Avoid all risk of infection in April and then take an HIV test in May with the partners with whom you usually have unprotected sex: this is the message of the "Break the Chains" campaign, which is being run this spring for the second time. The aim of the campaign is to break the chains of infection among men who have sex with men. more

01.01.2012

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

01.01.2012

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

01.09.2011

«Health Guide to Switzerland»: new edition of success story

Migration and health. The «Health Guide to Switzerland» publication helps migrants understand how to use the Swiss healthcare system. The third revised edition of the popular booklet has just been published. The website of the migesplus centre of excellence for migration-related information has also been relaunched. more