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Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

Next Webinar: Health Partnerships during the Pandemic: Contributions and Lessons 

Join us 28th August 2020

GMT: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Irish Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of institutional health partnerships. In the time when most of the countries were urged to focus internally in order to fight the pandemic, health institutions from lower, middle- and high-income countries that are involved in long-term institutional partnerships held on their partnerships and continued in supporting, collaborating and exchanging learning and expertise with their partners 

In this we webinar we are inviting speakers to discuss the following:  

  • What was the value of the institutional health partnerships for the partners involved during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • How did different health partnerships respond to the pandemic? Practical example.  
  • Lessons learnt from the partnership’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  


To be confirmed!

A recording of this webinar  will be available on our YouTube channel, along with the previous webinars.

Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

17th Webinar: Men and Covid 19 – How are men affected by Covid 19 and how can the response better include them?

Streamed on 17th July 2020

Gender Equality is a central component of any humanitarian to development response. In the context of Covid 19 this is also the case. Women and Men, Boys and Girls are all affected by Covid 19. Much of the commentary so far indicates that women are more affected by Covid 19 in terms of high numbers of cases and serious secondary consequences around domestic violence for example. However, men seem more prone to severe episodes of the disease (perhaps related to diet and smoking) and more likely to die than women. Men also work in sectors of the economy, transport and construction for example, that might put them at a high risk.  

This discussion will put a specific focus on men, the impact of Covid 19 on them directly and indirectly. It will also explore how well the response is addressing the particular needs of men. 

Our speakers will be invited to address the following key questions:  

  • What disaggregated data exists on Covid 19 with respect to men 
  • How is Covid 19 impacting on men and how are they coping 
  • What should the response be doing more of to better meet the needs of men, women, boys and girls 


  • Noel Richardson, Director of the National Centre for Men’s Health in Ireland 
  • Professor Maria Lohan, Chair in Social Sciences and Health, Queens University Belfast 
  • Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo-US
  • Prof Luke Clancy, Director General, TobaccoFree Research Institute Ireland 


  • Niall Roche WaSH and Environmental Consultant 
  • Hala Ali Co-coordinator for ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships

A recording of this webinar  will be available on our YouTube channel, along with the previous webinars.

Conversations on COVID-19, Webinar Series

16th Webinar: Leaving No One Behind: Social Inclusion, Disability and Vulnerable Groups

Streamed on 3rd July 2020

Note: This full session is interpreted into Irish Sign Language by Ms. Bernadette Ferguson.

Covid-19 has been described as ‘the Great Leveller’ with the virus not recognising borders, social class or wealth. With everyone at risk the view that we are all in this together has been promoted. However, some groups are disproportionately affected. The virus has served to highlight pre-existing inequalities and it is likely that by the end of the pandemic these inequalities will have been widened. Persons with disabilities, migrants, persons living in direct provision centres and women have all been negatively affected in different ways. This seminar will explore the negative impacts but will also look at some of the positive impacts for these groups including positive actions that have been taken and opportunities for the future.  


  • Ros Tamming, National Disability Authority   
  • Mary Keogh, Director, Disability Inclusive Development, CBM  
  • Aidan Leavy Independent Consultant in Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Margaret Fitzgerald, National Public Health Lead for Social Inclusion and Vulnerable Groups, National Social Inclusion Office, HSE
  • Professor Ruairi BrughaFormer Head of Epidemiology and Public Health, RCSI, Ireland 

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.


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.