The ESTHER Alliance was an alliance of governments and allied organizations. Members were engaged institutions in effective and sustainable North-South partnerships. Our partnerships aimed at strengthening the capacity of the health workforce and institutions to provide quality health services for people in low and middle-income countries. We promoted institutional health partnerships through knowledge generation, sharing best practice, collaboration, and advocacy.
The ESTHER Alliance was set in the general framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. We contributed mostly to SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing and SDF 17 Partnerships for the Goals. Those two goals taken together highlight not only what we wanted to achieve (better health for all, or Universal Health Coverage), but also how we wanted to achieve it (through better, more equal, and balanced partnerships.
This is a new tool for institutional health partnerships, EFFECt stands for EFFective in Embedding Change. The tool specifically focusses on assessing implementation best practice, embedding change and the added benefits to individuals and institutions of using a partnership approach. The EFFECt tool measures these in relation to capacity building activities irrespective of the focus of the specific intervention.