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.
Early identification and early intervention in schools and municipalities. The majority of children and adolescents in Switzerland are healthy and cope well with the challenges facing them. But about 10 to 20% of all young people are at risk of developing difficulties of a health-related or social nature (e.g. addiction, violence, social marginalisation or emotional pressures). Municipalities and schools are well advised to consider their approach to such problems at an early stage so as to have the necessary structures and procedures in place before any actual cases become too serious for the pupils or schools to handle. more
Editorial Ursula Koch und Roy Salveter. The foundations of adult health are laid in childhood and youth. The habits acquired and experience gained in these life phases influence not only the physical and psychosocial development of the individual but also his or her future health. more
Editorial Didier Burkhalter. Migration & health, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, HIV/AIDS and diet & physical activity – these are the topics of the many National Programmes that are addressing the different health challenges facing us. But what the programmes all have in common, regardless of their thematic focus, is the aim of acting ahead of events to help improve the health of people living in our country. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. At the most recent OECD Health Ministerial Meeting, it was again clearly stated that «prevention programmes are highly cost-effective in improving health and longevity». more
Migration and Health. As part of the «Migrant Friendly Hospitals» project, five centres of excellence for migrant friendly medical care are to be developed in Switzerland. more
Behavioural addictions. Online sex addiction is regarded as the m ost common form of Internet overuse. Its consequences for users, their partners and families, young people and society as a whole are hard to estimate. It poses new challenges in many specialist areas. The Fachverband Sucht, an association of addiction experts and organisations, hosted an interdisciplinary conference to discuss the topic on 16 June 2010 in Zurich. more
Social determinants of health. «To him that has shall be given». This popular saying accurately sums up the principle behind the social determinants of health. People who are better off in terms of key aspects of life and work can also expect to live longer and healthier lives than others. more
A BIG project for health promotion in prisons. Studies show that prison inmates are affected by infectious diseases more frequently than the general population. The «BIG» project has been set up to combat the problem of infectious diseases in prisons and to bring healthcare in prisons up to the same standard as that available in the community. more