8th ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Forum

The 8th ESTHER Ireland Partnerships Forum: Global Networking for Equitable Partnerships

We are excited to share a round-up of the 8th ESTHER Ireland Partnership Forum.

Focusing on the event’s theme of equitable partnerships, the day-long event brought together our ESTHER Ireland health partnerships and invited speakers to delve into conversations on power dynamics within partnerships. A diverse range of presentations, workshops and interactive sessions allowed the audience to understand the nuances of partnerships in global health. We dissected the term ‘Partnership’ with Keynote Speaker Christian Acemah (Executive Secretary of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS)), explored the issue of ‘Localisation’ with Ruchi Junnarkar (Partnership and Localisation Advisor at Trócaire), heard from the ESTHER Ireland supported Gorey-Malawi Health Partnership, and much more! In particular, it was invaluable to hear and learn from our Southern partners and take another step towards building truly equitable partnerships. We are grateful to those who made their way to Ireland for the event. Their time and effort made the Forum a truly global event for global health, fostering new ideas, introspection, and connection. 

For those who were unable to attend in person, or wish to relive the event, the recording of the event is now available on the Irish Global Health Network’s YouTube channel (here)! Timestamps are available in the video’s description box to allow you to navigate to specific sections of the event.

Scroll down to find the event programme, download presentations and see photos from the event.

Event Programme


Keynote Speech: Power in Partnerships

David Weakliam
Global Health Programme Director, Health Service Executive

Anne Holmes
Health Policy Co-Lead, DFA’s Development Cooperation and Africa Division (Irish Aid)

Christian Acemah

Executive Secretary, Uganda National Academy of Sciences (UNAS)

Southern Partner Perspective on Partnership



Carol O’Dea
Edenpark Medical – Standing Voice Malawi Partnership


From the Gorey-Malawi Health Partnership:
Balwani Mbakaya

Prof of Public Health, University of Livingstonia,

Jessie Chihana
Clinical Director and Gynaecologist St. Johns Hospital Mzuzu

One Head Does Not Lift a Roof: The experience of working in partnership as depicted in sculpture

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Ruchi Junnarkar

Partnership and Localisation Advisor at Trócaire
Localisation: Shifting power and funding to local organisations

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 Networking Session

Ethical Communication


Thora Burgess General Manager, HSE Global Health Team

Ciara Norton Programme Manager, HSE Global Health Team

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Caragh Munn

ESTHER Ireland Programme Coordinator
Communicating your Partnership, Ethical and Practical Considerations

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Grant Effectiveness Analysis

Re-Accreditation Ceremony

David Weakliam

Global Health Programme Director, Health Service Executive

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Congratulations to our Re-Accredited Partners! David Weakliam presented plaques to two partnerships, being re-accredited 5 years after first receiving accreditation. Learn more about ESTHER Ireland Accreditation here

Joe Gallagher and Jessie Chihana receive the Re-accreditation plaque for the Gorey-Malawi Health Partnership


Closing Remarks

Mark Wheeler receives the Re-accreditation plaque for the Eden Park Medical – Standing Voice Malawi Partnership.

Christian Acemah
Executive Secretary UNAS

Nadine Ferris France
Executive Director IGHN


In addition to the smiling faces, this group photo also features sculptures from the BIOTOPE project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and Irish Aid under the SDG Challenge Fund. Working with artist Sankho Mvundula, from the Kungoni Centre in Mua, Malawi, these sculptures represent the stories and challenges of patients with pneumonia, the positive impact of partnerships on children’s health outcomes in Malawi as well as the experience of working in Partnership with The Palms GP Surgery, Gorey.