On Tuesday the 3rd of December, the 4th Annual ESTHER Ireland Partnership Forum took place in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. The Partnerships Forum is an annual collaborative networking and learning event which showcases international health partnerships being sustained between health organisations in Ireland and various partners in the Global South. Guests and speakers included ESTHER Ireland Partners, ESTHER Europe representatives, health personnel engaged in health links with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and others interested in learning more about health partnerships.
Welcome Address: IGHN’s Nadine Ferris France
Opening Address: Philip Crowley, National Director of the Quality Improvement Team for the HSE.
Workshop 1 – Ways of Improving Healthcare in a Partnership Setting: Philip Crowley, Lorraine Murphy, David Weakliam, HSE.
Midday Session Introduction: David Weakliam
Presentation 1 – Fundraising for Partnership Activities: Hugh O’Reilly, Director of Business Development at The Wheel
Workshop 2 – Working Cross-Culturally: Sive Bresnihan of Comhlámh
Afternoon address: Luciano Ruggia of ESTHER Switzerland
Discussion – Standards of Good Practice for Personal Engagement in Health Partnerships: chaired by David Weakliam
Mark Cumming, Executive Director of Comhlámh & Matt Robinson, HSE
Audience Session – Audience members invited to speak briefly on their own experiences and hopes for their own future partnerships – included guests with vast experiences working in countries such as Malawi and Liberia, and with the Ghana-Limerick Co-Op.
Evening Announcement: Winner of the IGHN Unsung Hero Award
Dermot O’Flynn, Director of Professional Development and Corporate Training at the RCSI Institute of Leadership