The European ESTHER Alliance was founded after the creation of the GIP ESTHER (public French agency) in March 2002. As such, the European ESTHER Alliance Secretariat is located in Paris, France. The members agreed to set up a European Secretariat at GIP ESTHER.The European Secretariat has advanced the extension and structuring of the network by holding a number of European and bilateral meetings. By 2012, almost all the European ESTHER Alliance’s member countries had released operating funds to define the modalities of their ESTHER work and implement activities in partner countries.
Since its creation in 2002, the European ESTHER Alliance has strongly evolved, in respect to its health focus/mandate (1), its activities (2), its mode of action (3), its dimension (4).
From HIV/AIDS, the EEA is now involved in other global health priorities (MDG 4 – child health, MDG 5 – maternal health, MDG 6 – HIV, malaria and other diseases (TB) and beyond: e.g. hygiene and patient safety, blood banks, handicap care, neglected diseases). This represents a new agenda for the ESTHER Alliance, matching with the international agenda in health.
A Health Systems Strengthening approach
From a site to site care and treatment approach, the EEA has developed a Health System Strengthening approach through care and treatment in health facilities, psychosocial support, therapeutic education, hospital and care management, institutional capacity development, operational research, drug procurement, supply management, monitoring & evaluation, health policy design, quality management etc.
From the North/South hospital partnership modus operandi, the EEA has designed a model that includes additional and complementary approaches to hospital twinnings: Twinning with institutions other than hospitals (research institutes, universities), civil society organization partnerships, Extra Hospital Technical assistance, information and communication technologies, external funding implying new modes of action and accountability.
From 4 country members in 2002 (France, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain), the EEA now consists of 12 country members (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Portugal who joined in 2004; Greece in 2006; Norway in 2008; Switzerland in 2011 and Ireland in 2012) and one observer (UK).
- The ESTHER Charter
- European ESTHER Alliance Charter for Quality of Partnerships
- The European ESTHER Alliance 2015-2020 Strategic Framework
You can learn more about the European ESTHER Alliance, and the projects being run by partner countries in the European Union and across the developing world by visiting their website – esther.eu, if you would like to contact the European ESTHER Alliance Secretariat for any reason you can do so at the following address: