New Swiss health foreign policy to be enforced March 15

Civil society and health actors outside of the federal administration will have a more active role in implementing Switzerland’s foreign health programs.

This is part of the newest health foreign policy, which the Federal Council approved on Friday (March 9). The new policy will be enforced March 15 and is expected to boost the country’s role as a global actor in the area of health.

The new policy seeks to strengthen the role of the World Health Organization and of Geneva as a health capital, and to improve health provisions at the national and local levels through structural reforms in development cooperation. It will also help strengthen the country’s cooperation with the European Union on health matters.

The decision comes days after the Federal Council approved a report on the four strategic axes of the country’s 2012-2015 foreign policy.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.