About the Societies

Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases - SSI

The Society was founded in 1990. Its missions are amongst others:

  • to offer a high quality training program in infectious diseases compatible with professional requirements in Switzerland and Europe.
  • to continue to develop a high level of research (both basic and clinical) in infectious diseases in Switzerland.
  • to improve the infrastructure to pursue these activities.
  • to educate the medical profession on problems related to infectious diseases.
  • to promote awareness in the medical community of their activities.
  • to promote public awareness of public health issues such as the development of resistance in common microorganisms.

The Society has around 340 members.
President: Prof. Pierre-Yves Bochud, MD, Lausanne

Swiss Society for Hospital Hygiene - SSHH

Founded in 1974, the society is an independent, multi-professional, non-profit association. The Swiss Society for Hospital Hygiene:

  • is committed to education and training in infection prevention
  • works in an advisory role for authorities, committees and professional societies
  • develops in collaboration guidelines and standards for the prevention of nosocomial infections

With members such as infection prevention experts and physicians, but also other professionals such as microbiologists, pharmacists and representatives of industry, the SSHH represents all major medical institutions of Switzerland.

The Society has around 340 members (individuals and institutions).
President: Matthias Schlegel, MD, St.Gallen

Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology - SSTMP

The overall goal of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (SSTMP) is to represent the integrating basis for the common interests of all people in Switzerland working in the fields of tropical medicine and parasitology.

The SSTMP is open for all activities in basic and applied research in parasitology as well as in tropical medicine. The activities within these three domains represent the driving force of the SSTMP. The committee of the SSTMP encourages and coordinates if necessary individual initiatives and activities within and interactions between these domains. The annual assembly and the annual scientific meeting form the integrating forum where the emphasis is laid on the interdisciplinary aspects of and the critical dialog between the three domains. The SSTMP represents the interests of its members towards other scientific societies, political and educational institutions.

The Society has around 270 members.
President: Prof. Britta Lundström-Stadelmann, Bern

Swiss Society for Tropical and Travel - SSTTM

The Swiss Society for Tropical and Travel Medicine (FMH) promotes prevention, clinical practice and research in the fields of tropical and travel medicine, provides a platform for interested physicians, and supports the continuing education of specialists in these fields.

Tropical medicine includes prevention, epidemiology, clinical, laboratory diagnosis, care and public health of persons (children, adults) living in tropical and third world countries. Travel medicine deals with the same specialties but with visitors, returnees, refugees, and immigrants and their families.

The Society has around 138 members.
President: Cornelia Staehelin Fux, Bern