Switzerland has an extremely well developed health care system which upholds the principles of universality and equality through means such as compulsory health insurance. In 2013, Switzerland and WHO signed a country cooperation strategy, highlighting opportunities and challenges for stronger cooperation between the country and the WHO Secretariat.

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Helicopter paramedic nurse Jacqueline Zbären – providing emergency care in inhospitable terrain

“Most of my missions stand out in some way or another due to the nature of helicopter operations. They often entail emergencies either on a mountain or in inaccessible terrain, or otherwise involve serious patterned injuries or time-critical medical conditions,” explains Jacqueline Zbären, a helicopter paramedic nurse working in the Bernese Highlands in Switzerland.

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