UBS Optimus Foundation

Give children a chance

Global Giving Campaign Switzerland

Help us bring real and lasting improvements to the quality of life and the future of disadvantaged children in Switzerland and around the world by supporting our programs to promote early childhood development and basic healthcare.

Early childhood development in Switzerland

Children from socially disadvantaged families receive support so that when they start school they are at the same stage of development as others in their age group.

Health: Going Further

A portfolio of international health programs. Millions of children go their entire lives without seeing a doctor because they live in remote areas. Your donation will help to ensure that these children also receive basic healthcare.

All donations until 31 December 2016 will be matched by our partner organisations.


Early-childhood development The key to a brighter future in Switzerland

Eighty percent of brain development occurs during the first three years of life and, given the right stimulation and attention, during this time the foundations are laid that allow children to learn and thrive. But too many children, especially those from socially disadvantaged groups, do not receive such attention and are frequently at a lower developmental stage when they enter school. By acting early we can ensure all our children have the chance to reach their full potential.

The standard of education in Switzerland is high, but not every child benefits fully from early-childhood education and care services due to social and cultural barriers. By helping at-risk families through cost-effective, early interventions we can improve the life chances of children significantly and reduce the long-term costs in terms of social and health problems.

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your client advisor.

How you can make a difference

Your donation will support two programs that promote the early-childhood development of children from disadvantaged families. The programs, schritt:weise and Parents as Teachers, enhance parenting skills and improve families’ integration into society to make sure young children are ready for kindergarten and school. They offer home visits to families as well as outreach services with group meetings and support for parents and their children.

With your support these programs will help socially disadvantaged parents nurture their children’s intellectual, motor, emotional and social development in the early years. This will give these children a better chance of realizing their full potential in society as healthy and well-educated individuals.

Early-childhood development

Going Further – Switzerland A philanthropic health portfolio

We know that access to health care in many remote communities is either nonexistent or does not adequately serve local populations. In fact, 1 billion people, including 270 million children, go their entire lives without access to the kind of basic health care we take for granted. In some of these areas children are 20 times more likely to die before the age of 5 than in the developed world.

There are solutions that exist that can drastically improve the situation, but they aren’t being financed or scaled.

The Going Further portfolio is dedicated to solving this problem through interventions that bring sustainable and high-quality care to those that need it most. We have identified several promising approaches to delivering basic health care to remote communities, which are as follows: Community Health Workers, health facility technologies, and mobile solutions.

Going Further - Switzerland

Benefits of our portfolio approach

  • Experienced and trusted partners: access to an exclusive set of world-renowned partners
  • Scale: pooled donations allow accelerated growth of proven programs
  • Innovative: help discover the next generation of success stories
  • Higher probability of success: portfolio diversity increases the chance of transformational change and mitigates philanthropic risk
  • Outcome based: rigorous monitoring and evaluation maintains accountability
  • Matching: partners match all donations

Your donation will fund programs to save lives

Working with experts in the field enables us to understand the health challenges facing neglected communities and identify programs that can transform health care and reduce mortality, such as:

Health Facility Technologies

A portable "Solar Suitcase" providing reliable power is well received by Community Health Workers and their patients

In many remote health facilities there is little or no reliable access to electricity to power vital medical equipment that saves lives. This includes lighting for child delivery, emergency night-time care, and refrigeration for blood and vaccines.

We Care Solar has developed an innovative, portable, easy-to-use solar suitcase which captures the sun’s energy to power lights, mobile phones, and fetal monitors. In addition to the technology, Community Health Workers are trained in the use of the suitcase, and in quality care around childbirth to ensure that they can provide the best care possible in remote areas of Ghana, Liberia, Nepal and the Philippines.

CHF 3,000 can provide light and energy for a rural health center.

Community Health Workers

Explaining the importance of good nutrition

They are the backbone of the portfolio. Increasing the reach and effectiveness of community health workers has been proven to reduce child mortality by 25%, increase vaccination rates, and, in recent experience, to eliminate Ebola quickly and safely.

Living Goods is a micro entrepreneurship program tackling malnutrition in peri-urban areas. They recruit men and women from local communities to sell affordable, healthy food as well as medicines door-to-door.

Last Mile Health recruits, trains and pays Community Health Workers to identify and treat common diseases in some of the most remote communities in rural Liberia. During the 2014 Ebola crisis, the Last Mile Health model proved highly effective, managing not just to control the outbreak locally but also in continuing to deliver routine health services to communities.

CHF 15,000 can support a Community Health Worker in a new area for 4 years.

Mobile Solutions

Community Health Workers in Bangladesh learn how to use new smartphones

They build on the availability of mobile phones in many developing countries, which can improve the effectiveness of Community Health Workers.

mCARE works with Community Health Workers in Bangladesh using mobile technology to remind pregnant women of their health appointments and antenatal classes, and to identify women at higher risks of complications, thus increasing the chances of both the mother and baby surviving the birth. This pilot program increased the level of care provided before and after childbirth by 260%.

If you’re an existing UBS client and want to make a donation, please contact your client advisor.


How to donate Your gift goes further

When you give to this campaign before December 31, 2016, your donation will be doubled by our partner organizations. This matching will be applied once the funding has been allocated to where it is needed most.

In addition, we guarantee that 100% of your donation will reach programs benefitting children because UBS pays the entire overhead of the foundation.

There are a number of ways to give to the campaign

Transfer your donation directly via UBS e-banking or at your local UBS branch to UBS Optimus Foundation, UBS Switzerland AG, 4501 Basel.

IBAN: CH49 0023 3233 7000 0070 N


Reason for payment: Campaign 2016

If you have any questions, or wish to discuss making a donation, please get in contact with your client advisor or speak directly with a member of the UBS Optimus Foundation team in Zurich calling +41−44−237 27 87.