ESTHER (Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière En Réseau)

Projet terminé

Switzerland contributes to improve the quality of health services and the health of the populations in Low and Middle Income Countries through institutional health partnerships. Switzerland offers its health expertise by twinning Swiss health institutions, mainly hospitals and research institutes, with the same type of institutions and by focusing on the area of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS. These institutional partnerships are embedded within the framework of the European ESTHER Alliance.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Monde entier
Santé & droits reproductives
Maladies sexuellement transmissibles (y compris VIH/sida)
Renforcement des systèmes de santé
01.03.2015 - 30.11.2019
CHF  1’491’500

In many low and middle income countries (LMICs), unmet health needs in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV/AIDS, are high and the provision and accessibility of quality health care services remain a challenge. To realise universal health coverage, as per the Sustainable Development Goals, innovative practices and partnerships are required. Switzerland is a center of excellence for health care and research. Thus, Swiss institutions can bring valuable experience and expertise into institutional health partnerships in LMICs.


Contribution to improved health outcomes of the population in Low and Middle Income Countries through strengthened health systems and improved quality of health services, especially in the area of sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, by means of institutional health partnerships.

Groupes cibles

Direct target group is the staff of health institutions that are directly or indirectly involved in health service delivery through ESTHER partnerships (in LMIC and in Switzerland).

Final target group is the general population in regions where ESTHER Switzerland health partnerships are implemented.

Effets à moyen terme

Swiss institutional health partnership projects are developed under the ESTHER umbrella and implemented according to EEA quality standards.

Experiences and evidence from Swiss institutional health partnership projects are processed and disseminated within the ESTHER Switzerland network and within the EEA, and brought into the national and global policy dialogue.

The organizational structure of ESTHER Switzerland is strengthened.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • ESTHER Switzerland secretariat is functional and provides overall coordination.
  • Strategic and thematic orientation and governance structure of ESTHER Switzerland are developed.
  • ESTHER partnership projects are approved and under way.
  • Project results, lessons learned and good practices from ESTHER Switzerland are synthesised and shared.
  • EEA standards are promoted among Swiss institutions
  • ESTHER Switzerland experiences are shared at EEA meetings and working Groups.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

European ESTHER Alliance (EEA):

  • First EEA Strategy 2015-20 developed and implementation started.
  • EEA governance structure (EEA Board) and EEA working groups established and operational.

ESTHER Switzerland:

  • Mapping of existing Swiss hospital partnerships within the current ESTHER Switzerland network conducted.
  • Session of the EEA on institutional health partnership at the Geneva Health Forum 2014 supported.
  • Active engagement in the European Alliance (e.g. participation in one EEA working group; expert input at an ESTHER France meeting). 

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Institution universitaire et de recherche suisse
  • Unversität Bern

Autres partenaires

European ESTHER Alliance.

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

In Switzerland: Federal Office of Public Health, Swiss HIV Cohort Study.


Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    1’491’500 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’591’679 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   13’250 Budget y compris partenaires de projet CHF   3’000’000
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2024   (Phase en cours)

Phase 1 01.03.2015 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)