DEPiST (cervical cancer)

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Cervical cancer:
Screening is the best method of prevention

Cervical cancer kills around one hundred patients per year in Switzerland. Currently around 30 to 40% of women do not take part in screening programs and are at risk of developing cervical cancer. Every year, 250 cases are diagnosed.  

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), according to the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), is defined as glucose intolerance diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy.

The prevalence of GDM is highly variable depending on the population studied and also depending on the screening threshold used.

However, it is a common condition: in European populations, the prevalence of GDM is around 3 to 6% of all pregnancies.



The pediatric admissions and emergencies division conducts clinical studies to achieve a better understanding of the pathogenesis of certain diseases and to improve diagnosis.

Ongoing studies are about:

  • Treating children under 3 years old with febrile conditions without a focus
  • Comparing two types of sutures for wounds (absorbable versus  non-absorbable)
  • The effect of cold on improving spasmodic croup in children
  • Flu diagnosis criteria in children
  • Drug allergies in children
  • Viral meningitis

Perinatal Depression


Mission of the Perinatal Depression Program

  • Promote information, prevention, screening and treatment for perinatal depression, targeting professionals on the one hand and the general population on the other.
  • Create, update and distribute a Guide to the main places in Geneva that care for women suffering from perinatal depression and their children and relatives. 
  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration and links between physical health and psychological health in treating women, with a view to providing perinatal continuity. 
  • Develop, at a canton level, prenatal interviewing for the prevention and screening of perinatal depression.
  • Improve patient referral and respond to the growing demand for specialized care for mothers and mothers-to-be.
  • Make “non-psychiatric” professionals aware of psychological issues and support them in the comprehensive care of the psychological health of women during the perinatal period.