Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Prevention and Promotion Section


Schwarztorstr. 96
3003 Bern

Contact person

Roger Staub
(Sekretariat): 031-323 87 06

Further contacts

Simone Eigenmann-Schüttel
(Sekretariat): 031-323 87 06

Operating range

  • National
  • International

Relevant duties in the context of human rights

  • HIV and STI work in Switzerland is guided by the four overarching aims of the National Programme for HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (NPHS) 2011–2017: 1 People living in Switzerland are informed, educated and capable of exercising their rights in relation to sexuality. 2 A reduction in the risk of transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. 3 HIV and other STIs will be detected at an early stage and treated correctly. 4 The HIV and STI work will have a sustained effect, as it builds on the participation of the target groups, is based on scientific evidence and is supported by the population. The programme supports measures to ensure that all people in Switzerland are aware of and can exercise their sexual rights, and promotes non-discrimination and equality of people living with HIV and STIs.
  • Intervention axis 2 of the National Programme for HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections (NPHS) 2011–2017 aims at people and individuals with increased risks of transmission: men who have sex with men; migrants from countries with a generalized epidemic; injecting drug users, sex workers and people in prisons. The programme supports specific measures to ensure that members of these groups have equal and improved access to counselling, testing and treatment.
  • HIV and STIs are an international challenge: migration, mobility due to economic relations, tourism and international sex work influence the national situation. The HIV and STI work is embedded internationally. Switzerland assumes a share of the responsibility for addressing HIV/AIDS and STIs at global level, committing itself in technical and financial terms.

Main work in the human rights field

  • Lobbying / Networking / Human rights policies
  • Awareness raising, Campaigning

Protection of vulnerable groups

  • Asylum seekers / Refugees
  • Foreigners / Migrants
  • Women
  • Prisoners
  • Homosexuals

Issues our organisation works on

  • Deprivation of liberty / custody (preventive detention) / penal institutions
  • Right to health
  • Sexual identity / homosexuals

International Reference


  • WHO

Council of Europe

  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture(CPT)

Current projects with human rights focus

  • Details of the prevention and promotion section's activities can be found at

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