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Swiss Red Cross

Mission Statement

The National Society of the Swiss Red Cross has been founded in Berne, Switzerland, in 1866 by General Guillaume Henry Dufour and the Federal Counsel Jakob Dubs. Three years earlier, Henry Dunant and four fellow citizens had founded a committee in Geneva, which should become the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC later on. The Swiss Red Cross (SRC) is a private organization that also carries out public tasks on a mandate from the Swiss government or the cantonal authorities. As a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which has its headquarters in Geneva, it is part of a worldwide network of 186 National Societies. The purpose of the SRC’s activities is to protect the lives, health and dignity of human beings.

In Lao PDR, the overarching goal of the SRC interventions is: "The quality of life with regards to health, hygiene and access to health services is improved in the targeted areas".

In its support to the demand and provider side of health, SRC aims at reaching and empowering the most vulnerable population. SRC in Lao PDR adapts the concept of “community based health systems” as described by SRC[1].

2.1. Health

The Access to water, sanitation and hygiene:

The SRC aims at providing sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene to the most vulnerable population. SRC does this by strengthening its partners for the provision of services as well as by empowering communities in defining their health needs and in claiming access to water, sanitation and hygiene[2].

Access to health services:

The SRC aims at contributing to the Lao PDR strategy for universal coverage for health. SRC does this by contributing to and developing innovative approaches to social health protection schemes and by empowering communities to define their health needs and to claim access to health services as well as by linking those communities with the public health services.  SRC further contributes to this by strengthening the health system at district, provincial and central level with regards to access and information for the population.

Access to Nutrition

SRC aims at including child and infant nutrition in its support to maternal, neonatal and child health care. SRC does this by seeking strategic partnerships with qualified organisations.

Health System Strengthening:

The SRC aims at strengthening health systems at district and provincial level. It does this by improving management systems, in defining innovative approaches for human resource retention and through quality improvement regarding maternal, neonatal and child health care.

2.2. Disaster Management

SRC aims at reducing the vulnerability to natural disasters of people living in exposed areas through strengthening of capacities and resilience of communities.

2.3. Organisational Development

In order to guarantee sustainability of its interventions, SRC aims at strengthening its partners and community groups in efficient and effective service delivery to the most vulnerable population and to achieve the main strategic aims as mentioned above.

[1] SRC international health policy and road map for „community based health systems“

[2] Whenever possible, SRC applies the concept of Community Action for Health, where communities are strengthened and supported in order to plan, request and/or implement their own health activities.

Programme Description


SRC’ interventions with regard to access to water, sanitation and hygiene and direct support to the LRC are concentrated in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay.

SRC’ programmatic approach in supporting the issues and technical advisory with regards to social health protection are not geographically restricted and aim at supporting the streamlining of approaches throughout the country. Improving maternal and child health care is focussing on a geographical area, where other SRC actions can be combined and bring added value.

Demand Side: SRC focuses on strengthening the demand side of health. Health Equity Funds and Free Maternal, Newborn and Child Health with the Red Cross  and other approaches such as water, hygiene and construction of latrines will be continued. In addition and in cooperation with the government of Laos, community based health insurances are started up and monitored.

Provider Side: SRC specifically focuses on quality and financing of health care. Qualitis being strengthened with on the job training and performance based salary components. In addition, SRC advises the Ministry of Health with regards to health financing, health insurance, quality assurance and access to maternal, neonatal and child health care.    

Contact Details

Address: Impasse Xieng Nhune, Sethathirath Avenue Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR P.O Box 3357
Telephone: +856 21 215935
Fax: N/A
Contact Person: THOME Jean-Marc, SRC Country Coordinator/Director
Other Contact: WATSON Wendy, SRC Field Officer Luang Prabang

General Information

Number of Local Staff: 21->30
Number of Expatriate Staff: 1->5
Average Annual Budget: 2000000 USD
In Lao PDR Since: 1988
Country of Origin: Switzerland


There are no branches specified


There are no networks specified


Lao Red Cross (LRC)

Projects and Sector of Activities

Title Description Provinces/Districts Sectors/Sub-sectors
Contributions to Universal Health Coverage in Lao PDR

Start Date: Jul 1st 2014
The “Contribution towards UHC in Lao PDR“ is a 3-year project running from July 2014 to June 2017 in 10 districts of 4 Southern provinces with ...
National Level
- Data Collection & Analysis - Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Social Development
Health Equity Fund in Nambak and Viengkham districts

Start Date: May 1st 2004
 A Health Equity Fund is a 3rd party demand-side mechanism or fund used to pay health services (treatment, preventive costs and associate costs ...
Luang Prabang
- Data Collection & Analysis - Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Health Care - Social Development
Joint Management with Lao Red Cross of the Safe Motherhood Voucher Scheme and Free services for children Under 5 in Sukhuma and Mounlapamok districts (sub-contract of MDM project)

Start Date: Aug 1st 2011
The Pilot Safe Motherhood Programme, Champassak Province, is implemented by Médecins du Monde (MdM) in 2 districts of Champassak province: ...
- Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Social Development
Strengthening Community Health in Luang Prabang and Oudomxay

Start Date: Jan 1st 2004
The present phase of the project addresses the causes of poverty and vulnerability with the overall goal to contribute to reduce the vulnerability of ...
Luang Prabang
- Community Development - Emergency and Humanitarian Relief - Health Care - Human Resources Development - Income Generation & Economic Development - Social Development
Strengthening MNCH Services in Luang Prabang

Start Date: Apr 1st 2014
The project addresses identified gaps at 4 levels of the implementation of the Strategy and Planning Framework for the Integrated Package of MNCH ...
Luang Prabang
- Health Care