Sponsorship projects to promote health in Switzerland

The Sanitas health insurance foundation has set itself the goal of promoting the health of people in Switzerland. It does so by supporting selected health promotion and disease prevention initiatives that run on a charitable basis and are accessible to all.

These projects encourage people to take charge of their own health, promote awareness of a healthy lifestyle, and enhance integration in communities and society. The focus is on projects that harness the opportunities of digitalisation and promote the healthy use of digital tools.

  • On the physical health side the foundation gives particular support to innovative preventive approaches.
  • On the mental health side it supports initiatives to improve people’s mental balance and resilience, especially in relation to digital transformation.
  • Projects should be of a regional or national nature or have the potential to be rolled out geographically.

Do you have a project that might interest us?

We look forward to hearing from you. You have the best chance of receiving funding if your project meets the criteria listed above. We will review your project without obligation and get back to you.

Contact for sponsorship applications

Projects sponsored by the Sanitas foundation

Alarm system for diabetes 

There are many good new technologies for improved blood glucose control for diabetes patients, but the early detection of dangerous fluctuations in blood sugar levels remains a challenge. A group of researchers at the University of Bern hopes to create an alarm system based on artificial intelligence (AI), which is being optimised and validated as part of a clinical trial. The Sanitas foundation wants to play a role in the early detection of dangerous fluctuations in blood sugar levels. 

To the ARTORG Center of the University of Bern

​Young people “ready4life” 

​Secondary school students are on the cusp of adulthood – an age where issues such as alcohol, smoking and nicotine, stress, cannabis, social media and gaming come to the fore. Lungenliga has developed an interactive coaching app to help young people navigate their way through these tricky topics and develop key life skills. The Sanitas foundation is supporting the further development of this app to help young people grow into strong and resilient adults. 

​To ready4life

​Managing atopic dermatitis 

​Atopic dermatitis or neurodermatitis is a chronic dry and scaly skin condition that usually begins in infancy. It affects around one in five children in Switzerland. This disease poses a challenge particularly for parents, because the right skin care is essential for preventing or reducing the painful or irritating symptoms. The aha! Swiss Allergy Centre offers a training course for parents, which will also be newly available as an eLearning module. In this way, the Sanitas foundation is helping to ensure that parents can learn at their own pace.  

To aha! / atopic-dermitis

Sexually transmitted diseases 

​Those looking for advice on how to prevent or treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) will find even better insights on the Swiss AIDS Federation website in future. The Sanitas foundation is supporting the “Information hub” project, whereby algorithms and artificial intelligence will be used to scan the content of the aids.com platform and associated subpages to find the most appropriate answers to users’ pressing questions.  

​To Swiss AIDS Federation

Living with dementia

The new, interactive platform demenzworld makes it easier for dementia sufferers and their loved ones to live with the disease. You’ll find more useful information in the “demenzjournal” magazine and the “demenzwiki” glossary. If you’d like to discuss your experience with others, you can attend the in-person “demenzmeets” or visit the “demenzforum” online. And for the right tip at the right time, go to the “demenznavi” – the section of the website available via a low-cost subscription. The Sanitas health insurance foundation supports the development of elearning modules for relatives. 

To Demenzworld

Healthy development of young children

Smartphones and tablets are a wonderful invention, but parents are increasingly unsure about how to ensure the healthy development of their young children against the everyday backdrop of these devices. The Marie Meierhofer Institute for Children, associated to the University of Zurich, has therefore launched a study in which interested parents can use WhatsApp over a number of weeks to build their skills and access resources while also receiving information about healthy development. The programme centres around a behavioural change plan defined individually by the parents (e.g. switch off all digital media during mealtimes). The coaching intervention study will be scientifically evaluated and supported by the Sanitas health insurance foundation. 


Sexual health

Sexuality plays a role in health and well-being.  The online platform lilli provides young people with easily accessible advice on sexuality and the body and related psychological problems. Questions can be asked anonymously. Specialists in the fields of psychology, medicine and sexology provide straightforward answers online. lilli provides valuable education for a broad understanding of sexual health, dispels myths and taboos, provides help for victims of sexual violence and contributes to the empowerment of users by helping them to help themselves. The Sanitas foundation is helping the platform to expand the content of its counselling.

To the lilli online portal

Protecting young souls

Children and young people who have a parent with mental health issues face tough challenges and often have to take on responsibilities that far exceed their strength and age-appropriate abilities. In order for them to remain psychologically healthy, Institut Kinderseele Schweiz helps those affected directly, supports friends and family, and offers further training for professionals. The organisation works with partners from adult, youth and child psychiatry, youth and family welfare, social welfare, schools and the medical profession. The Sanitas foundation supports the online platform and peer advice.

To kinderseele.ch