To fulfil our charitable mission and purpose of the Swisscross foundation, five areas of activity and funding have been defined:
Frontline Health Care
in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the core program will bring world-class experts closer to the front lines to provide access to people in significant need for reconstructive surgery, alleviating the pressure on health authorities in conflict and post-conflict environments. The initial focus will provide reconstructive surgery of the civilian war wounded from Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region through the ICRC’s Weapons Traumatology Training Centre in Tripoli, Lebanon*.
Regional Research Institute
The physical, psychological and social wounds that result from armed conflict and their long-term consequences are poorly understood by health professionals. Research is a necessity to identify and address their clinical and social impact; and to study the way people address their health needs. As with frontline workers, clinician-scientists in conflict zones also require mentorship and education.
Swisscross has partnered with the American University of Beirut to form the Center for Research and Education in the Ecology of War (CREEW). Through this centre and Swisscross, accelerated fellowships will be provided to equip frontline health practitioners from conflict zones or those seeking to work in conflict zones, the opportunity to conduct research into the relationship between health and war.
This research is vital to accelerating humanitarian relief and enhancing the quality of treatment in such circumstances.
Global Health Community:
By embracing fragmented, local health care teams; we create the opportunity for these practitioners to become part of a larger, global community; where peers, specialists and mentors support each other, sharing information, resources and skills.Through this focus on community, the aim is to help restore hope and a sense of comradery for frontline practitioners; whilst providing practical support, ensuring a sustainable model during times of conflict, and opening avenues of dialogue and cooperation between circles of medical professionals across the region.
The fog of war creates chaos for civilian health care. Swisscross will partner with technology companies to create digital tools to better capture, organize and understand discreet patient health care needs in conflict settings.
Assessment and patient-centric follow-ups can be conducted remotely; providing health care access for patients in challenging and difficult–to-access environments; whilst reducing the risk, time and cost associated with sending health care practitioners into conflict zones for relatively simple matters. The technology will also enable communication and remote support for health care teams in these environments.
Mentorship and Training:
Frontline care will be combined with a mentoring and training program for junior personnel who work in war-affected communities. Training will be based on the needs of frontline health care teams and designed to accelerate recovery of local healthcare communities.
The long-term vision of this solution is to extend beyond reconstructive surgery and rehabilitative care. The complex injuries of people affected by armed violence, including multiple pain conditions and neuropsychiatric comorbidities, which challenge healthcare systems to reorganize care to meet these survivors’ special needs.