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International cooperation: the FDFA is mitigating the impact of COVID-19 around the world
The consequences of the coronavirus pandemic are particularly severe in developing countries. The FDFA has taken immediate action to mitigate the economic and health effects of the crisis there. It is providing emergency humanitarian aid, supporting international action, and focusing on the management of COVID-19 in ongoing bilateral and global development programs. Furthermore, Switzerland also provides assistance in the area of peace policy.
Switzerland sends 26 tonnes of medical supplies to Thailand
COVID-19 has an impact on our lives in Switzerland and abroad. The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) summarises the most important information regarding travelling and living abroad in its COVID-19 news ticker. The information is constantly being added to.
Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visits key partner countries in the Mekong region
From 1 to 6 August, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis is travelling to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Switzerland maintains specific and long-standing relations with the three countries. All three are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – an important regional organisation for Switzerland. The region is also home to many Swiss nationals. On the trip, Mr Cassis hopes to gain an insight into how Swiss expatriate communities are faring in times of COVID.
"What does the FDFA advise?"
Many Swiss nationals travelling abroad ask the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA for recommendations and advice on their journey. A list of questions and answers.
“Taking part in this global effort is in Switzerland's direct interest”
Switzerland is engaged in the global coronavirus pandemic response through its support for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT-A) Accelerator. The tools needed to overcome this crisis are clear: tests, medicines and vaccines. The top priority is too: to ensure everyone has equitable access to medical resources. For an in-depth look at this issue, we spoke with Christian Frutiger, Head of Global Cooperation at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). He shares with us his first-hand experience with ACT-A in the area of diagnostics.
COVID-19: Swiss aid for overburdened hospitals in India
The COVID-19 health crisis in India has been intensifying dramatically over the past few weeks. Switzerland is responding and providing aid. A Swiss cargo plane headed for New Delhi took off from Zurich at noon today with medical supplies, including 50 ventilators from the Armed Forces Pharmacy and oxygen concentrators. Manuel Bessler, head of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, is coordinating this relief operation. In this interview, he shares some background information.
Equitable access to diagnostics, treatments and vaccines: three pillars of a global response
Three pillars and many more actors in a global, solidarity-based response. These are the keywords of Switzerland's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. An approach shared by several international bodies based in Geneva, and which the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is committed to making accessible to low-income countries. Equitable access to health technologies is indeed a priority, and not just in the COVID-19 crisis. We talked to Olivier Praz of the SDC's Global Programme Health Division.
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