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 create a system for bringing world-class experts closer to the front lines to provide essential, specialist care and mentoring for junior personnel.
Based out of the ICRC’s Weapons Traumatology and Training Centre (WTTC) in Tripoli, Lebanon; the initial focus will be providing reconstructive surgery of the civilian war wounded from Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region*.
Mentorship and Training
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 dramatically accelerate the pace of learning.
Once this model is proven, the program will be extended beyond reconstructive surgery and rehabilitative care to other areas such as mental health; diabetes, dialysis and cancer care.Further, it will be scaled to other regions impacted by conflict and fragility.
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.
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.
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 and ensuring a sustainable model during times of conflict and beyond.