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ESTHER - Spain


The ESTHER Spain Program is part of the ESTHER Alliance which emerged in the framework of the Special Session on the AIDS General Assembly of the United Nations in June 2001 in New York. ESTHER Spain contributes to the efforts to strengthen the humean resources in health in the Latin American region. The focus of the program is to create a network of health professionals working in HIV service delivery at second and third level hospitals; to do so it supports exchanges among health professionals for training purposes, the update of scientific evidence-based protocols and the performance of research studies in this field.

The general objective of ESTHER Spain is to generate a network of trainers capable to provide comprehensive management of patients with HIV infection in all areas of their respective countries.The specific objectives include updating the local health personnel knowledge for a comprehensive care of HIV patients and increasing the diagnostic coverage of vertical transmission in pregnant women who attend the program hospitals.

The program is based on a bilateral relationship between Ministries of Health. 


From 2002 to 2019 different interventions have been developed:

  • Training workshops in the field (43 workshops on the field)
  • Online master’s degree on HIV for healthcare workers. Currently in its 9th edition (2079 professionals have completed so far, the online master’s degree)
  • Fellowships of Latin American professionals in Spanish hospitals (35 fellowships)
  • Open line communication for inquiries (collaboration in 263 clinical cases resolution)
  • Research works (2079 final master works, 7 research projects, 18 scientific articles published)
  • Follow-up cohorts, promoting the performance of work among partner countries.

Spanish Professionals from 31 hospitals countrywide have participated so far in the teaching area of the Master Program. With the support of new technologies and the commitment of the Spanish professionals involved, a cooperation program based on specialized training has been promoted and coordinated, complementing other actions carried out by other Spanish Cooperation agents.

More information about the ESTHER-Spain Program and the online Master:

Dra Rosa Polo
Jefa de Área Asistencial y de Investigación
Secretaría del Plan Nacional sobre el Sida
Ministerio de Sanidad
Paseo del Prado 18-20
28071 Madrid

Phone: +34915961863