Social and Medical Care

Health and education for the most vulnerable.


Through its Social and Medical Care Programme, Green Cross Switzerland supports the worst affected people by helping them to help themselves – in particular, children, young people and their mothers. The environmental organisation provides medical, psychological and educational means to improve the living conditions of children, young adults and families living in the areas contaminated with radioactive and chemical substances:



The Social and Medical Care projects for the victims of nuclear contamination in the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus include the following:


Therapy camps for children and young people Children and young people spend a minimum of 4 weeks in a location with fresh, healthy air where they receive unpolluted food and comprehensive medical care to boost their immune system and mental health. As a result, their exposure to radiation is decreased by between 30 and 80 %. Before and after the camps, children receive medical care by mobile teams of doctors and consultants who travel to the children’s homes.


Mother and child project The project provides recuperation for mothers and their smaller children under psychological and medical care. Mothers are given the possibility to attend nutrition courses on how to handle contaminated food.


Women’s cooperative In order to strengthen the independence of women and thus, the communities in the villages, the project promotes cattle, pig and rabbit breeding, beekeeping, fish farming as well as setting up sewing ateliers.



The Social and Medical Care projects for the victims of chemical contamination in Vietnam include the following:


Orthopaedic care in Vietnam Children affected by the Agent Orange herbicide receive orthopaedic aids to be able to move independently and to gain access to education. Surgeries are often necessary beforehand as well as specialised walking and movement training afterwards.


The Integration project tackles the problems of social marginalisation of handicapped people. Young people who are physically handicapped are provided with a credit in form of a pregnant cow. By selling the calves and the milk, they can repay the credit and secure a modest source of income in the long term.


Green Cross Switzerland works in collaboration with the national Green Cross organisations in Japan, Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine to implement the International Social and Medical Care Programme and in Vietnam with ULSA/Vietcot (University of Labor and Social Affairs/ Vietnamese Training Center for Orthopedic Technologists).