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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.
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 protected] or [email protected]). 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.
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
- 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?
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.
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