ESTHER Alliance – University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa

Reducing the burden of antimicrobial resistance is a prerequisite for increased patient safety. Not only industrialized nations are facing this challenge but also low and middle income countries.

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) supports five research projects focussing on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in hospitals in Sub-Saharan Africa. These scientific collaborations between German and African researchers and health professionals contribute to the improvement of patient safety and ultimately also to health system strengthening. The research projects are associated with projects that are funded by the “University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa” funding program.

Twinning of German and African health professionals

As part of the international ESTHER Alliance, the funding program “University and Hospital Partnerships in Africa” is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In this twinning initiative, universities and hospitals in Germany partner with institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa on joint projects that aim to improve health care services in low- and middle-income countries. Medical expertise, state-of-the art technologies and successful approaches for optimizing medical processes are shared among African and German health professionals.