Germany joined the ESTHER-Alliance in 2004. The German contribution to the Alliance is coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the ESTHER Germany Secretariat.
Through the great success of ESTHER Partnership in the past, the BMZ and the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) have launched the initiative Health Partnerships – Partners strengthen Health as a member of ESTHER. Cooperation partners are the German Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The initiative is currently supporting two funding programmes. The Health Partnerships – Global funding programme implements projects around the world in various specialist fields. The University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa programme, on the other hand, has a regional focus on sub-Shaharan Africa and a changing thematic focus.
ESTHER Germany instigates and facilitates hospital and university partnerships, establishes and promotes networks between institutions in Germany and in partner countries and liaises with relevant ministries. Capacity Development is at the core of these partnership projects and is seen as a holistic approach through which people, organizations and societies mobilize, maintain, adapt and expand their ability to manage their own sustainable development.
How to apply for funding
Germany offers two different lines of funding as part of the Hospital Partnerships – Partners Strengthen Health initiative. You will find the information on each funding programme below. Please note that the German partner institution must always be the one applying for funding.
Health Partnerships – Global
University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa
When can proposals be submitted
Several funding rounds per year (next call in May 2019)
Call for applications every three years (next call at the beginning of 2019)
Volume of financing
Up to 50.000€ for two years
Around 120.000€ for three years
Conditions for application
No thematic focus
Current focus: patient safety;
next focus: e-health
Type of partner organisations supported
Non-profit or public health organisations in Germany: hospitals, non-profit enterprises, associations, non-governmental organisations or associations. On the southern partner side, a health facility that is connected to the governmental health service providers.
Universities, university clinics, teaching hospitals and research institutes in Germany and in African countries in sub-Saharan Africa
Other relevant information on financing
Follow-up funding of the partnership-projects is possible, thereby a total funding of up to 5 years
Follow-up funding is only possible if the continuation of the partnership-project is also compatible with the new thematic focus.
Find more information about the Initiative on the website www.klinikpartnerschaften.de