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What is the ESTHER Alliance?
Why did Ireland join the ESTHER Alliance?
What is the aim of ESTHER Ireland?
ESTHER Ireland will contribute to Irish Aid’s objectives for health and development. It is based on ‘a spirit of partnership and equality’ which is a fundamental principle of Ireland’s development cooperation policy.
ESTHER Ireland particularly aims to strengthen health systems and particularly human resources so as to tackle HIV and other major diseases and to improve women, children and newborn health in priority countries in Africa and Asia. The programme will use the twinning model to foster effective north-south and south-south partnerships that can build capacity of the health workforce and health institutions. It will engage with the other European Members to develop a strong network of partnerships and become a powerful force for development and health improvement in the coming years.
How will Ireland’s ESTHER Programme be implemented?
Participation of HSE hospitals and other health institutions will be facilitated by the HSE Global Health Programme. Individuals interested in finding out how their institution can become an ESTHER partner are invited to contact the Programme (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Guidance will be provided on how to develop an institutional partnership. Any partnership fulfilling the ESTHER principles in the Charter for Quality of Partnerships can apply to become an ESTHER Partnership.
What is a ‘health partnership’?
What are the criteria to become an ESTHER partnership?
There are eight sections in the ESTHER Charter covering the following areas:
- Adherence to national policies and strategies
- Formal agreements between twinned institutions
- Joint and equal responsibility
- Equity and Respect
What types of institutions can apply to become ESTHER partners?
- Public and private hospitals
- Primary care and community level institutions
- Health service units and departments
- Universities and other higher level training and research institutions
- NGOs, civil society organisations and their communities
I am already involved in a project with a developing country institution. What are the benefits of joining ESTHER?
Can an individual become an ESTHER partner?
Can health personnel work overseas as part of an ESTHER partnership?
What activities can be included in ESTHER projects?
While there will be a focus on a particular aspect of health or health care, capacity building activities should be part of any project. This is about strengthening the institutions personnel and systems so that it can provide better health care in a sustainable way. ESTHER Ireland is particularly keen to strengthen the health workforce and encourages training and education programmes and other measures to improve the performance of personnel.
Can partner institutions be from any developing country?
Is there funding available for ESTHER projects?
I am interested in developing a link with a developing country. How do I start? Who do I contact?
Contact ESTHER Ireland at email@example.com. If you work in the public health service you can alternatively contact the HSE Global Health Programme at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will be happy to speak with you and provide information and guidance.
A document on health partnerships for Irish institutions and other Information will be available on the ESTHER Ireland website (www.esther.ie).
An excellent resource is ‘The International Health Links Manual – a guide to starting up and maintaining long-term international health partnerships’ published by THET in the UK. It can be downloaded or hard copies ordered via their website here –
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