Equinet Africa

EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realise shared values of equity and social justice in health.

EQUINET gathers people to overcome isolation, give voice and promote networking using bottom-up approaches built on shared values. We have come together in a spirit of self determination and collective self reliance working through existing government, civil society, research and other mechanisms and institutions in East and Southern Africa.

EQUINET is building a forum for dialogue, learning, sharing of information and experience and critical analysis. We do this to build knowledge and perspectives, shape effective strategies, strengthen our voice nationally, regionally and globally and to buiild strategic alliances to influence policy, politics and practice towards health equity and social justice.

EQUINET's work covers a wide range of areas identified as priorities for health equity, within the political economy of health, health services and inputs to health, covered in the theme areas shown on this site. EQUINET is governed by a steering committee with representatives from institutions in the region, has five cluster leads that co-ordinate major areas of work and has a secretariat at the Training and Research Support Centre Zimbabwe.



EQUINET workshop on health literacy for the mining and extractive sector, February 1 and 2 2020

Most countries in east and southern Africa have rich deposits of a range of mineral reserves that are highly sought after in global trade. Extractive industries (EIs), largely multinationals from all regions of the world, extract these minerals, oil and gas from the earth through mining, dredging and quarrying. Countries in our region thus face a challenge to make and implement policy choices that link these natural resources to improved social and economic development, and to ensure that extraction processes do not harm health or environments.  TARSC as cluster lead of the “Equity Watch” work in EQUINET is working with trade union partners in SATUCC, Ex mineworkers in SAMA and civil society throigh Benchmarks SA  on health in the mining sector in east and southern African (ESA) countries, . We are holding an EQUINET regional meeting on February 1 and 2 2020 in Cape Town South before the Alternative Mining Indaba to share health literacy information on Mining and health, distribute the health literacy module on Mining and health, and share other materials and experiences in our ongoing programmes and advocacy on mining and health in the region. The health literacy module is available on this website. The workshop is aimed at trade union, ex mineworker and civil society  health organisers, There are limited sponsored places and further self sponsired places. If you are interested in this workshop please contact us at admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: MINING%20AND%20HEALTH%20WORKSHOP) (EQUINET secretariat )

EQUINET Call for applicants: Desk review on “Public health and mining in East and Southern African countries

Call closes 5pm 25th October 2019

This desk review of public health and mining in east and southern African countries is being commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) in collaboration with partners. The paper aims to inform public sector officials and professionals, policy makers, civil society including unions and ex mineworkers organisations and parliamentarians on the population health impacts of the types of mining in all countries in East and Southern Africa to support policies, programmes and health literacy on mining and health. The countries covered are Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia. It will cover both large and small scale mining activities

The paper will identify from online sources the direct health risks and health outcomes for workers, their families, surrounding communities and ex mineworkers, related to mining, and covering also post mine closure health risks and health outcomes. It will draw on documented evidence from existing published studies and data on the distribution and determinants of health outcomes of the different mining activities in the region. It will identify the known population health risks associated with each of the major forms of mining underway and  currently documented health outcomes in east and southern African countries associated with those mining activities, and the key population groups affected. It will draw conclusions on the gap between documented public health risks and the documented health outcomes in the region and comment on factors underlying these gaps. 

The paper will be produced as an EQUINET discussion paper. It may be used thereafter as source material for other publications.  It will be drafted, reviewed and final version produced between beginning November 2019 and end February 2020. EQUINET will organise internal and external review. The commissioned author will be paid a gross fee of US$4000 for the paper.

The Applicants for the call are asked to email to admin [at] equinetafrica.org (admin [at] equinetafrica.org) before 5pm Southern Africa time October 25th with MINING AND HEALTH PAPER  in the subject line

  • a brief letter outlining their key experience, capacities and availability for the task, institutional or individual country location and contact information for follow up

  • their CV and

  • the pdfs of at least two publications in this field that they have authored.  

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application before or by October 31st 2019.


Latest Equinet Publications

Abstract book: Strengthening community voice and agency, Zambia, 26-28 January 2005
EQUINET; TARSC; CHESSORE (2005 January)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Southern African regional meeting of civil society organisations in health, 26 November 2003
EQUINET (2003 November)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 22: Food security, rural development and health equity in Southern Africa
Chopra, M (2004 December)
Themes:
Poverty and health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 21: Governance, participatory mechanisms and structures in Zambia’s health system: An assessment of the impact of Health Centre Committees (HCCs) on equity in health and health care
Ngulube, T; Mdhluli, L; Gondwe, K; Njobvu, CA; CHESSORE (2004 December)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
Resolucoes da reuniao sobre s alliancas parliamentares para a igualdade na Saude na Africa Austral, 20-22 de Agosto de 2003, Africa do Sul
EQUINET; GEGA; SADC PF (2003 August)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 18: Assessing the impact of Health Centre Committees on health system performance and health resource allocation
Loewenson, R; Rusike, I; Zulu, M; TARSC; CWGH (2004 February)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 20: Expanding treatment access and strengthening HIV and AIDS programmes in ways that strengthen the broader health systems agenda: Issues for the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
EQUINET; TARSC; IDRC/SDC Research Matters (2004 September)
Themes:
Equity and HIV/AIDS
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 19: Effectiveness of District Health Boards in interceding for the community
Macwan’gi, M; Ngwengwe, A; Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Zambia (2004 October)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
Zambia
Steering Committee briefing: International Society for Equity in Health conference, Toronto, June 2002
Loewenson, R; Maistry, T; TARSC (2002 June)
Themes:
Equity in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Steering Committee briefing: Will a new leadership unleash new potentials for health?, August 2002
Loewenson, R; TARSC (2002 August)
Themes:
Equity in health, Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional

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