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News & Events

Examples of our work, current news, events and information about SolidarMed.

21.09.2021

Improve ear health in drug-resistant tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is widespread in Zimbabwe. The growing number of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis is an additional challenge for the weak health care system.

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20.08.2021

At the service of health

The density of health care facilities is particularly low in rural areas of Africa. However, in order to educate people in the villages about health issues and to assist them in medical questions community health workers are deployed.

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21.07.2021

Emergency project reaches terror refugees in Mozambique

Thanks to your donations and Swiss Solidarity, SolidarMed supports 100,000 people in 14 resettlement villages and at the same time strengthens seven health centers.

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14.07.2021

Improve mental well-being with the help of TRE body exercises

SolidarMed is committed to improving the physical and mental health of affected children and their caregivers in South Africa through its partner organization "CHoiCe Trust" and in close cooperation with the state health care system.

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02.07.2021

Telephone advice from health experts

COVID-19 is leading to an overload of health centers. In order to maintain routine health care for the population, the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health and Child Welfare called on its partners to find digital health solutions. SolidarMed, together with experts from the Ministry of Health and other partners, developed a concept for a contact center that offers digital health services to the population of Masvingo Province (Zimbabwe).

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05.05.2021

From knowledge to effect

SolidarMed places great importance on the impact of its programs. Therefore, the latest scientific findings from the field of global health flow into projects for our beneficiaries. Thanks to targeted quality control, treatments are continuously improved.

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30.04.2021

Country director with passion

Benatus Sambili started as country director in Ifakara, Tanzania, last April. He is the first local country coordinator in a SolidarMed programme country. The public health expert and family man wants to further strengthen teamwork and SolidarMed's work in Tanzania.

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30.04.2021

Emergency aid for India

In response to the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic, SolidarMed supports the distribution of food parcels on site. The distribution of the parcels is aimed at 800 affected families.

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07.04.2021

Development of a power-free cold box

In close collaboration with EssentialTech and the Laboratory for Functional Inorganic Materials (LFIM) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), SolidarMed is developing a cold box over the next two years that does not require electricity and can maintain a temperature of 2 to 8 °C for weeks.

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28.03.2021

Staff housing for health

Remote health care centres in Africa are not the most attractive working locations, even for local professionals and their families. Jobs often remain unfilled if appropriate housing options are lacking. Therefore, since 2013, SolidarMed has successfully got involved in the construction and operation of simple staff housing facilities in Zambia.

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28.03.2021

Beda's wooden cell phone holders for SolidarMed

9-year-old Beda Meyer finds it hard to put down his file and glue stick. In the spring of 2021, he came up with the idea of creating individual cell phone holders out of wood and cardboard. He quickly converted his parents' Corona-closed restaurant into a workshop. During the winter months, the creative mind busily created numerous of these small pieces of art.

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17.03.2021

Peer-to-peer prevention

SolidarMed is involved in the field of sexual and reproductive health in several project countries. The peer educator approach is one of the approaches used in this context.

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20.02.2021

"Once again it hits the poorest"

Barbara Kruspan has lived in the province of Cabo Delgado for almost 30 years and has been working for SolidarMed for almost four years. Mozambique has become her home. She used to live in Mocímboa da Praia - where Islamist-motivated terrorists are now carrying out their attacks. She knows the situation very well.

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09.02.2021

Digital Information and Consultation Platform in Zimbabwe

SolidarMed Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) developped a Digital Information and Consultation Platform for the use of the population to get to get any information about Covid-19. It is currently being utilised by Health Care Workers in Masvingo.

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02.02.2021

Update from Lesotho and South Africa

Lesotho and South Africa have been particularly badly hit by Covid-19 and the new virus variant, with South Africa accounting for almost half of the coronavirus deaths on the continent. The situation in the landlocked country of Lesotho is also tense: There has been an extreme increase in corona cases there since mid-December. In the beginning of January, hospitals as well as the mortuaries were overloaded.

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22.12.2020

Serious Health Workforce Shortage in Zambia

Zambia’s severe health workforce shortage urged a change of the traditional model where each nursing school is attached to one teaching hospital for practical experience. Starting in 2012, SolidarMed successfully introduced an innovative model that allows both the quality of training to improve and the quantity of graduates to increase.

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22.12.2020

More than half a million people internally displaced in Mozambique

More than half a million people are currently trying to escape the terrorist attacks in Mozambique's northernmost province of Cabo Delgado. They are leaving their belongings behind and heading south in uncertainty, to an area where the local population already lacks the most basic necessities.

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22.12.2020

SolidarMed-led consortium obtains SDC grant to fight non-communicable disease epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, high blood pressure and impaired mental health are the number one cause of death and disability globally. More than 75% of all premature NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. A consortium of implementation partners and researchers led by SolidarMed proposes a multi-disciplinary research for development program fighting this disproportionate health and socio-economic burden. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will fund the program with 6 Mio CHF over the next five years.

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24.11.2020

Peter Hellmold - a passionate medical doctor

Peter Hellmold has been active for SolidarMed in Tanzania for over ten years. The doctor's work in one of the poorest countries worldwide, where poverty also affects the health of the population, is driven by his desire to make a positive impact on the world.

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17.11.2020

Roshni Lodhia portrays Kangaroo Mother Care in a very empathetic way

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16.11.2020

Saving children's lives

Only a few years ago, the infant mortality rate in the overcrowded emergency rooms in northern Mozambique was alarmingly high. For some time now, SolidarMed has therefore been assisting three important health facilities in the remote province of Cabo Delgado in order to improve the emergency care of children. The basis for this is a triage system based on colors.

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22.10.2020

Successful use of HIV self-tests in rural Lesotho

Niklaus Labhardt, President of SolidarMed, together with his team at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and employees of SolidarMed, has developed a strategy to increase HIV test coverage by 20 percent in the remote areas of Lesotho. In this strategy, home visits are combined with HIV self-tests.

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15.10.2020

94th General Assembly 2020 at the Bourbaki cinema

The General Assembly on September 5, 2020 was held for the first time in both real and virtual form at the Bourbaki cinema in Lucerne. The applicable hygiene measures were observed.

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15.10.2020

Friendship Bench

The treatment situation for mentally ill people in Zimbabwe is disastrous. There are 15 psychiatrists and 16 psychologists for a population of 14 million people. With the "Friendship Bench" project, SolidarMed brings a talk therapy developed in Zimbabwe to very rural areas in the southeast of the country.

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15.10.2020

Interview with Martin Ramsauer

The previous Aids & Child project leader and co-director Martin Ramsauer will continue to supervise the projects at SolidarMed. They will be integrated into SolidarMed’s programmes.

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15.10.2020

Strengthen girls, reduce the number of early pregnancies

Nazaria Baptista is an expert in sexual health. At the health center in Ncumpe (northern Mozambique) she talks to young women and men about family planning and contraception.

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29.05.2020

Annual Report 2019

Although we had to postpone the 94th Annual General Meeting, our annual report for 2019 will be published on time. Here you will find a detailed insight into our project work and a transparent listing of the funds used.

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02.04.2020

A lifetime patient

Worldwide 2.8 million children live with HIV. Many are under therapy. This is not suitable for children. That is why many young people stop taking it and life-threatening resistances threaten.

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20.03.2020

The mobile clinic starts rolling

This week, the first mobile clinic in Lesotho was inaugurated. It brings medical aid directly to people in remote villages.

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19.02.2020

The new corona virus is a danger to Africa. Like many other diseases.

Fragile health systems in many countries in (southern) Africa are facing extra challenges to prepare for the new corona virus. But, even if the spread of the virus can be stopped before reaching Sub Saharan Africa, many dangerous diseases remain prevalent. Strengthening health systems therefore continues to be a priority.

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14.02.2020

Making progress: Operating theatre for Namuno

The mortality rate of pregnant women and newborns in Mozambique is among the highest in the world. The first operating theatre in the remote district of Namuno will be opened this year to improve the situation.

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15.01.2020

Into the year 2020

SolidarMed is starting the new decade with many new projects, others we are continuing. We would like to present three highlights, which we are particularly looking forward to, to you here.

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09.12.2019

Digital X-ray machine for Chikombedzi

In the hospital in remote Chikombedzi, an X-ray machine is finally available again after seven years. This was made possible by a cooperation between the Japanese embassy and SolidarMed.

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28.11.2019

Tuk Tuk Ambulance in Mozambique

Tuk Tuks may be slow, but they also work in regions of great poverty. Together with the ETH Lausanne researcher Sashidhar Jonnalagedda, SolidarMed is researching the potential roles of ambulance taxis.

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20.08.2019

Cyclone Kenneth: The reconstruction begins

After the devastating cyclone, SolidarMed is assisting reconstruction efforts in the medical field.

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