BRINGING TOGETHER OUR STRENGHTS AND EXPERTISE
The European ESTHER Alliance is a network of Governments favoring the networking of health professionals and associations from the European region who decided to work in synergy for fighting HIV/AIDS and its disastrous consequences in developing and transitional countries through a high standard comprehensive treatment and care approach, aiming thus at contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and to Universal Access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care.
From HIV/AIDS, the EEA is now involved in other global health priorities (MDG 4 – child health, MDG 5 – maternal health, MDG 6 – HIV, malaria and other diseases (TB) and beyond: e.g. hygiene and patient safety, blood banks, handicap care, neglected diseases). This represents a new agenda for the ESTHER Alliance, matching with the international agenda in health.
Members of the Alliance committed to develop the Initiative by implementing capacity building activities through twinnings between hospitals of the North and hospitals and health structures in the developing countries, in order to provide comprehensive and quality care for people living with HIV/AIDS and related diseases.
A EUROPEAN AND OPERATIONAL PLATFORM FOR COUNTRY PARTNERS
From 2002 to 2012, the Alliance has developed projects in more than 40 partner countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and South East Europe. More than 120 programmes allowed implementing a wide range of twinning activities: Training for hospital professionals (40.000 people trained from 2002 to 2010 : physicians, nurses, biologists, virologists, lab technicians, pharmacists, hospital management teams etc.), Prevention of Mother To child Transmission (PMTCT), Paediatric care, Patient and health professional safety, Psychosocial activities, Operational research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Laboratory support, Mother and Child Health, Technical assistance at country level (e.g. on Drug and Supply management ssystems), Support for University diplomas, Networking with civil society.
The increasing number of hospital twinnings of the Alliance made possible expertise and resources pooling for joint projects development but also more specialised and targeted programmes toward most vulnerable populations (IDUs, Prisoners, women and girls etc.).
DEVELOP EXTERNAL RELATIONS FOR ADVOCACY AND NEW PARTNERSHIPS
The Alliance also builds relations with international bodies such as the European Commission, United Nations agencies (WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNODC, etc.), the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership (E.D.C.T.P).
In the 2009 “Progress report on the implementation of the European Programme for Action to Confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis through External Action (2007-2011)”, the European Commission acknowledged the European ESTHER Alliance as an innovative approach seeking to involve a large number of research and health institutions and civil society organisations in Member States and partner countries in capacity building through twinning programmes and networking.