Swiss Red Cross
Mission – Objectives Swiss Red Cross strives to prevent or alleviate human suffering in Switzerland and other countries We protect human health, lives and dignity. We foster their ability to help themselves and others Fundamental Principles – Integration – Mission SRC is a part of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and act in accordance with its seven Fundamental Principles of Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality. We help particularly vulnerable and underprivileged individuals and groups because everyone has the same rights and is entitled to their place in society. Relations with Federal authorities – collaboration We are recognized by the Federal government as the only Red Cross Society of Switzerland and in fulfilling our humanitarian work we are an active and independent partner of the authorities at all levels. We work in partnership with the members of the International Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement and other social and humanitarian organizations
Program goal: Healthy people in resilient communities Objective 1: Health 1.1. Integrated Health Program: Contribute to improved WASH, nutrition and access to and quality of Primary Health Care (PHC) at the district and provincial levels in Luang Prabang through tackling key determinants of health. The SRC supported project is implemented by two partners, namely the Provincial Health Department of Luang Prabang and the Lao Red Cross. The project applies a Life-Course approach encompassing pregnancy, birth, newborns, infancy, children, adolescents and adulthood, in order to recognize critical periods in life. It also includes a health education package targeted at adolescents and builds on the successful implementation approaches and behavior change components of the earlier projects in schools, communities, and health centers. 1.2. Contribution to Universal Health Coverage and social health protection The SRC continues to contribute to improvements in access to health services, in Lao PDR, through its support of the Government’s strategy of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and by strengthening the health system. Its support to UHC includes:
- contributing to health sector reform with focus on the health financing and governance & management pillars, and developing, innovative approaches to social health protection schemes with a focus on services for the poor and vulnerable
- improving quality assurance of the social health protection schemes countrywide through policy support, subsidies for services by poor and vulnerable people, technical assistance with monitoring, analysis and verification
- empowering communities to define their health needs and to claim access to health services and
- linking those communities with the public health services.