Infectious diseases

The SRC works in Switzerland and other countries around the world to combat infectious diseases and epidemics. It carries out important work educating the population in partnership with the local Red Cross.

Challenges

COVID-19

The novel coronavirus has spread throughout the world. It has joined the list of infectious diseases that continue to plague people in many different countries. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is highly contagious and can be fatal for some people. There are no drugs to treat it. Access to vaccines is patchy around the world.

Other diseases

Other infectious diseases are also rampant: HIV/AIDS, cholera, dengue, tuberculosis, malaria, Zika, Ebola and meningitis claim millions of lives every year.

Poverty

Diseases make poverty worse. When people are sick, they cannot work. They cannot harvest their crops and they lose their livelihoods. In the case of COVID-19, one lockdown after another and disruptions to work have plunged many people into precarity.

Importance of information

Infectious diseases can generally be avoided and treated. People must be educated about how these diseases are transmitted, the availability of vaccines and treatment options.

Our goal

In Switzerland and other countries around the world, people need to know how to protect themselves from disease. When they do fall ill, they need to know what treatments are available. Access to healthcare must be guaranteed.

Red Cross volunteers are trained. They know how to run prevention and education campaigns. Under certain circumstances, they can support vaccination drives. They wear personal protective equipment.

The SRC supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 ’Good health and well-being’, so everyone can live healthy lives by 2030.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

UN global goals

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What we do

The SRC works in Switzerland and around the world to combat infectious diseases and epidemics. It carries out important work educating people in partnership with the local Red Cross, as well as distributing supplies and deploying specialists.

Infectious diseases can generally be avoided and treated. People need to be educated about how they are transmitted, the availability of vaccines and treatment options.

Training volunteers has proved worthwhile in stemming the spread of infectious diseases. When carriers are traced and treated in time, it is possible to stop an epidemic in its tracks.

Red Cross programmes around the world always include disease prevention. They improve hygiene and reduce childhood diseases in remote villages without dispensaries.

Curable diseases are the primary cause of death among children under five. Children in Sub-Saharan Africa are particularly exposed. Mosquito nets are a simple and effective way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the SRC distributes personal protective equipment, such as face masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.

After disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes, the SRC helps to provide healthcare and stem disease outbreaks.

When there is an outbreak of cholera, plague or Ebola, the SRC deploys health specialists. They work with the local authorities to help prevent an epidemic. Once again, the emphasis is on education and hygiene measures.

Where we help

The SRC works in Switzerland and around the world to combat infectious diseases and epidemics.

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