Projects

The Covid19 pandemic presents the world community with enormous challenges - we are addressing them. All donations for Covid19 projects will be doubled by UBS! And for all projects, 100% of your donation go directly to our partners, because UBS covers all administrative costs of the UBS Optimus Foundation. We thank you for your help!

COVID-19 Emergency Response in Switzerland

Swiss Red Cross
COVID-19 Emergency Response in Switzerland
105'513 CHF
Total of donations
368
Donors
The Swiss Red Cross supports the population in Switzerland quickly and competently. Among other things, your donation helps to ensure a shopping service where volunteers shop for people who belong to the high risk group and have to remain home. It also ensures support in the hospital, where volunteers support the staff by carrying out corona tests (in accordance with FOPH guidelines) and thus relieving the burden on the nursing staff; this is an important contribution to pandemic management.

COVID-19 Global Response Fund

"Prevent – Detect – Respond"
COVID-19 Global Response Fund
13'319 CHF
Total of donations
48
Donors
Building on our experience in responding to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the UBS Optimus Foundation is working with strategic healthcare partners to implement a strategy that – with support from UBS clients – could save millions of lives: − Prevent the spread of the virus: educating communities regarding signs, symptoms, transmission, and preventative measures like hand hygiene and social distancing – including supporting livelihoods to make social distancing possible. − Detect cases as they emerge: supporting frontline health organizations to identify symptoms, and also help facilitate testing. − Respond as the situation unfolds: increasing capacity for emergency treatment among health organizations and making sure primary health services remain functional.

Zürich Children's Hospital - Pediatric Palliative Care

Ensuring access to specialized palliative care for children in the canton of Zurich
Zürich Children's Hospital - Pediatric Palliative Care
5'100 CHF
Total of donations
35
Donors
Although Switzerland has one of the best health systems in the world, there is still room for improvement in palliative care. In the canton of Zurich, about 900 children suffer from a lifelimiting illness –up to 500 children die from cancer and other diseases. But only a small percentage are currently receiving palliative care from trained personnel in accordance with international quality standards. The focus of this program is to ease the suffering of these children and their families and to improve the access to a quality Pediatric Palliative Care service developed by the University Children's Hospital Zurich. These children and their families have special needs which are not met by the current care in children's hospitals. We know that palliative care can extend the lives of terminally ill children and help families cope better. Palliative care treats the whole person and family, addressing not only physical needs, but also psychological, sociocultural and spiritual aspects.

Innovative teaching in Africa

Teaching at the Right Level
Innovative teaching in Africa
5'691 CHF
Total of donations
39
Donors
"Teaching at the Right Level" is a new education model developed for children in poor regions. Children are grouped by ability rather than by age to help them learn reading and math skills. In 2019, the two founders of our partner organization, Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of their work. Donations to this program will be doubled by the Jacobs Foundation.

Investing in better school education

Quality Education India
Investing in better school education
1'435 CHF
Total of donations
18
Donors
In collaboration with a range of partners, UBS Optimus Foundation launched the "Quality Education India" Development Impact Bond. The innovative and results-oriented social finance tool has the ambitious goal of improving the quality of school education for over 200,000 children in India.

Literacy for greater equality of opportunity in Switzerland

Schenk mir eine Geschichte – Family Literacy
Literacy for greater equality of opportunity in Switzerland
3'595 CHF
Total of donations
20
Donors
"Schenk mir eine Geschichte – Family Literacy” is a program by the Swiss Institute for Children's and Youth Media (SIKJM). The aim is to promote early reading and writing skills for children with a migration background. This will facilitate integration and ensure equal opportunities in education. Donations to this program will be doubled.

Support Joblinge and help address youth unemployment in Germany

The project helps over 10000 young people in Germany to make the leap into the world of work with great success
Support Joblinge and help address youth unemployment in Germany
200 CHF
Total of donations
8
Donors
Globally, over 73 million youth are unemployed. Preparing youth for the world of work is crucial to remedy this. The "Joblinge" concept combines practical qualifications with personal and individual development. This significantly increases participants' chance to find an apprenticeship or a job on their own initiative. In order to make this possible, "Joblinge" bundles together the commitment and skills of different actors and institutions from economy, state and society. 10,000 young people throughout Germany have already participated in the program. 75 percent of them make the leap into the labor market. For comparison: other programs with the same target group reach only 20 percent.

Containing the Coronavirus

Supporting the response to the Coronavirus in Hubei, China
Containing the Coronavirus
2'738 CHF
Total of donations
23
Donors
A new deadly outbreak of Coronavirus—a virus causing respiratory illness—which began in Wuhan, China, is quickly spreading throughout China and around the world. The WHO declared the virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020. Ensuring an adequate and consistent supply of protective gear for frontline workers is essential to preventing further spread of and deaths from the virus. UBS Optimus Foundation's partner, Beijing United Charity Foundation is helping to address the shortage of medical equipment and supplies for the health care teams in designated hospitals and quarantine sites.