Switzerland’s Federal Council has submitted a report emphasising the country’s commitment to promote health and sex education in developing countries. The report focuses on the importance of sexual and reproductive health for the future of global development.
Prior to 1994 most programmes emphasized the need for governments to impose family planning measures and distribute free contraceptives. This approach however, proved to be ineffective, and in recent years Swiss government planning has shifted to confronting poverty, encouraging gender equality and enhancing women’s education.
These activities have helped tackle heath and sex education issues in a more positive and effective way. To help develop its programme to control population growth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s health programme now includes preventive health care and access to health care. It aims to create the basic conditions necessary to allow people to decide whether they want to have children, and if so, when and how many.