Switzerland joined the European ESTHER Alliance (EEA) in 2011. The ESTHER Secretariat was first hosted by the Geneva University Hospitals and then, in 2015, by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) until moving at the beginning of 2016 to the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Bern. SDC provide technical and financial support at the Swiss as well as the European level. Switzerland is represented on the ESTHER Global Alliance Board through the SDC.
ESTHER Switzerland is a network of institutions that engages Swiss hospitals and other institutions in effective and sustainable North-South partnerships. ESTHER partnerships strengthen the capacity of the health workforce and institutions to provide quality health services for people in low and middle-income countries, with a focus on universal health care coverage and strengthening health services. ESTHER Switzerland promotes institutional health partnerships through knowledge generation, sharing best practice, collaboration, and advocacy. ESTHER Switzerland is an active member of the ESTHER Global Alliance and supports the Alliance’s Secretariat.