ESTHER Switzerland News ESTHER Phase 2: We are happy to announce that ISPM and SDC concluded an agreement for a new Phase of the program ESTHER Switzerland, starting December 1st, 2019. ESTHER is preparing to open a new Call for Proposal for grants to support projects within Institutional Health Partnerships (IHP) by mid-December 2019. More information will soon be available here (https://www.esther-switzerland.ch/ ).
ESTHER new Program Manager
We are happy to announce a personal change at the management level. Ms Dörte Petit is taking over the ESTHER Program management from M. Luciano Ruggia. M. Ruggia will become, from January 1st, 2020, the new Director of the Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention ( https://portal.at-schweiz.ch/de/ )
ESTHER Switzerland External Evaluation
ESTHER Switzerland commissioned, at the beginning of 2019 an external evaluation of its activities during its initial Phase (2016-2018).  The evaluation was conducted by a team of Public Health Services and formulated a series of recommendations for the next Phase of ESTHER Switzerland activities:

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NEW: 2018 Call for Proposals: small Start-up funds ESTHER Switzerland opened a new Call for proposals for Start-up funds in 2018. In early 2019, two new projects were approved and are being implemented now.
2nd ESTHER Switzerland Forum On June 15th, 2018, ESTHER Switzerland organized the 2nd ESTHER Forum in Bern : for a Forum’s report and videos of the Forum, please check our  Forum page.
ESTHER Switzerland participated to the Geneva Health Forum, in particular to a session on Hospital cooperation, on Thursday April, 12th, 2018: ES2-2 : La coopération hospitalière internationale Nord-Sud : un nouveau modèle est-il en train d’être inventé ?
The new web page of the ESTHER Global Alliance is now online!




ESTHER Switzerland is a network of institutions that engages Swiss hospitals and other institutions in effective and sustainable North-South partnerships. ESTHER partnerships strengthen the capacity of the health workforce and institutions to provide quality health services for people in low and middle-income countries, with a focus on universal health care coverage and strengthening health services. ESTHER Switzerland promotes institutional health partnerships through knowledge generation, sharing best practice, collaboration, and advocacy. ESTHER Switzerland is an active member of the European ESTHER Alliance (EEA) and supports the EEA Secretariat.

ESTHER Switzerland is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Vision and values

ESTHER Switzerland shares the vision of the European ESTHER Alliance of a world in which advances and practices in health are shared equitably within and between countries, and where everyone has access to quality health services.

We subscribe to the values of equality, integrity, sustainability, solidarity, and reciprocity formulated by EEA:

  • Equality
    We foster mutual collaboration between partners, striving to work together on an equal basis
  • Integrity
    We aspire to earn the trust of our partners, clients, and other beneficiaries through transparent and ethical practices
  • Sustainability
    We work to develop long-term institutional and individual capacity through peer-to peer learning, education, operational research, and skills transfer
  • Solidarity
    We are united in working together in genuine partnership to address global health inequities
  • Reciprocity
    We learn from each other for mutual benefit and respect the different contributions partners make