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Implementing Institutions

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We are an alliance of governments and allied organizations. Our members engage institutions in effective and sustainable North-South partnerships. Our partnerships strengthen the capacity of the health workforce and institutions to provide quality health services for people in low and middle-income countries. We promote institutional health partnerships through knowledge generation, sharing best practice, collaboration, and advocacy.

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The ESTHER Alliance is set in the general framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. We contribute 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 want to achieve (better health for all, or Universal Health Coverage), but also how we want 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. 

Latest Announcements

ESTHER Switzerland is opening a new Call for Proposals. ESTHER Switzerland uses the model of institutional health partnerships to foster effective north-south and south-south partnerships that can build capacity of the health workforce and health institutions and finally contribute to strengthen health systems and health outcomes.

The grants support two types of partnership, ESTHER partnership project grants and ESTHER start-up grants. Both types of grants are available to institutional health partnerships that include at least one health institution in Switzerland (preference is given to hospitals, universities and research institutions) and at least one health institution in a low or middle-income country.

Visit ESTHER Switzerland’s website to find all relevant documents for the Proposals (full Grant or Start-Up), and the Guidelines:


ESTHER Ireland took over the hosting of the General Secretariat of ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships and hired a Coordinator, Hala Ali. 

For more information:

To improve patient care with innovative digital applications the University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa funding programme supports capacity development partnerships between health organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Germany. 13 eHealth projects between public hospitals on the secondary and tertiary care level and universities are funded with up to 300.000 Euros. The selected projects will start in January 2020 in 12 African countries and run over a period of 22 months. Digital solutions are diverse and range from information systems over eLearning tools to monitoring applications. The funding programme will closely accompany the chosen projects to facilitate the development of eHealth flagship projects and cooperation with the private sector. Please find more information about the funding programme here:

Our Intervention areas

Community health

Improve health service delivery and community involvement at district level.

Hospital management

Capacity building to improve management of human resources, and medical and pharmaceutical supplies. Strengthening of capacity for better financial management and implementation of quality management systems.


Capacity building to advance education, training, standards, research, and practice in surgical care.

Quality management

Capacity building for the introduction or strengthening of quality management systems including the creation of QM teams, adaptation of standards, and a supportive system of supervision and error management.

Maternal, newborn and child health

Capacity building to improve the quality of care before, during, and after, delivery for women and their babies.

TB Treatment

Improve diagnosis and care of TB patients through strengthening laboratory, medical, and nursing capacity. Improve adherence to treatment.

HIV prevention

Capacity building on HIV prevention (including PMTCT) in medical and non-medical settings such as prisons.


Capacity building for improved pandemic preparedness and response