Switzerland joined the ESTHER Alliance in 2011. Since 2016, the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM) of the University of Bern hosts the ESTHER Switzerland Secretariat and implements the ESTHER Switzerland programme on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). SDC provides technical and financial support at the level of ESTHER Switzerland and the Alliance and represents Switzerland in the Board of the Alliance.
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.
Mr Luciano Ruggia
ESTHER Project Manager
Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine
University of Bern
Phone: +41 31 631 3429