ESTHER (Ensemble pour une Solidarité Thérapeutique Hospitalière En Réseau)

Progetto concluso

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.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Salute e diritti riproduttivi
Malattie sessualmente trasmissibili, HIV/AIDS inclusi
Rafforzamento dei sistemi sanitari
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.

Gruppi target

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.

Effetti a medio termine

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.


Risultati principali attesi:  

  • 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.

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

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). 

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca svizzera
  • Unversität Bern

Altri partner

European ESTHER Alliance.

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

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


Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’491’500 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’591’679 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget Svizzera CHF   13’250 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF   3’000’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 2 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2024   (Fase in corso)

Fase 1 01.03.2015 - 30.11.2019   (Completed)