Access to Health and Income Opportunities

For a society to be resilient, the physical, social and material needs of all its members must be met. To help build resilience where this isn’t the case, we’re serious about addressing inequalities and inefficiencies in people’s access to healthcare and opportunities to earn a viable income.

Despite real progress that has been made with respect to improving health around the globe, about 400 million people still lack access to essential health services.

The health protection gap is defined as the sum of financially stressful out-of-pocket expenses and the estimated cost of non-treatment due to unaffordability. In emerging markets, this gap is huge, representing around 9% of their combined GDP (USD 2.9 trillion).

Digital solutions will transform the ways in which our partners and the communities they serve can make basic goods and services more accessible to those who lack them. In developing countries, where 80% of the world’s population live, healthcare delivery in particular depends heavily on entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit actors supporting healthcare delivery by public systems and the potential of innovative technology.

We fund entrepreneurial ventures because they’ve proved to be creative and effective at developing, prototyping and scaling up solutions that foster resilience. They’re improving access to healthcare through community health networks and technologies that make it easier to diagnose and track diseases, disseminate health information and provide health education. They’re also boosting incomes by creating jobs and encouraging trade. Realising that the leadership capacity of such ventures is key to their success, we also connect them with Swiss Re experts who can act as trainers and coaches.

We support solutions to increase financial access (through insurance or saving wallets) to large groups of people as well as solutions that improve health systems’ efficiency in delivering care (with respect to cost, impact and accessibility in remote areas). We are also starting to dig further into solutions that tackle the rising burden of non-communicable diseases.

By 2021, we aim to have touched the lives of about 1 million people through projects designed to improve the accessibility of healthcare.

Highlighted Projects

  • 1491 thousand

    Commitments in focus area 2020
  • 16 Projects

    Number of ongoing projects in focus area

Featured Projects