The transfer of know-how and innovation between hospitals, primary care, research institutes and NGOs is an important pillar of cooperation

ESTHER Switzerland provides institutional health partnerships (IHPs) with technical support mainly through webinars and through our newsletter.

The purpose of the webinars is to raise awareness about how to benefit most from IHPs and to strengthen partnerships that truly reflect our values. Many events are organised with or by other members of the ESTHER Alliance.

Planned events

Health Partnerships Webinar Series

The ESTHER Alliance for Global Health Partnerships has launched a new webinar series that focuses on the learning drawn from the Institutional Health Partnership model. Every webinar will host speakers from diverse geographical and professional backgrounds to exchange expertise and knowledge on health partnerships’ evidence and case studies. The series targets individuals, healthcare professionals and organisations that work and are interested in health partnerships.

The first webinar of the series will be held on 30 April 2021, and and will be looking at Evaluating Institutional Health Partnerships, in particular using the Alliance EFFECt tool. Subsequent events will take place on the last Friday of every second month at 14:00 CEST (12:00 GMT). Except for the December’s webinar, which will take place on the third Friday of the month.

Details will follow closer to the dates.

International Conference on Laparoscopic surgery using spinal anesthesia in gynecology during Covid-19 period

The ESTHER Switzerland Start-up partnership between the University and Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg (Switzerland) and the Urgench branch of Tashkent Medical Academy (Uzbekistan) are inviting to a conference on Laparoscopic surgery using spinal anesthesia in gynecology during Covid-19 period. Please find further information here.

Past events

COVID Partnerships in the WHO Year of the Health Worker: Protect. Invest. Together.

March 19th 2021

This event was the second COVID Partnerships conference organized in partnership between the ESTHER Alliance and THET, and with the support of WHO. Participants reflected on what had been achieved by the Health Partnership community since our Partnerships in a time of COVID conference in April 2020 ( They also looked to the future, recognizing the immense pressure that is now falling on health workers in every country.

Given the increases in infections and the slow pace of vaccination campaigns in sub-Saharan Africa observed since the start of 2021, it was important to look at how the Health Partnership community is pulling together, when solidarity is more important than ever.

A detailled report of this conference will be published shortly.

ESTHER Alliance/WHO webinar Live Web Event: Improving Health Service Quality through Health Partnerships

December 2nd 2020

“Partnerships in a time of COVID-19”: Online-Conference of the THET and the ESTHER Alliance

April 25th 2020

2nd ESTHER Switzerland Forum, June 15th, 2018, Bern

On June 15th, 2018, ESTHER Switzerland organized the 2nd ESTHER Forum in Bern with more than 60 ESTHER partners.

Here you can access the programme of the Forum and the report

General presentation of the 2nd ESTHER Switzerland Forum

SDC and ESTHER, by Jacques Mader (SDC)

ESTHER Switzerland: the importance of institutional health partnerships, by Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger (ISPM)

ESTHER Alliance: present and future activities, by David Weakliam, ESTHER Global Alliance for health partnerships

ESTHER Switzerland Projects: what works and what not? Panel discussion, Moderation: L. Ruggia (ISPM)

The Forum followed a 2 day meeting of the ESTHER Alliance: ESTHER Switzerland hosted a Europe-wide meeting of ESTHER Alliance members and interested organisations and individuals in Bern from the 13th – 15th June 2018. These events represented an invaluable opportunity for all ESTHER stakeholders to feed back into the programme, share ideas, knowledge and experiences, and help chart a roadmap for the future of institutional health partnerships. A report of the conference can be accessed here (reported by ESTHER Ireland).

1st ESTHER Switzerland Forum, 2017

On Oct. 27th, 2017, we organized the 1st ESTHER Switzerland Forum. The Forum was an occasion to bring together the various ESTHER partners currently implementing institutional health partnerships.

The Forum’s report is available here.