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 Regional review meeting on the role of essential health benefits in health systems in east and Southern Africa, November 2017

EQUINET through Ifakara Health Institute in co-operation with Training and Research Support Centre with selected countries in east and southern Africa is holding a regional meeting to review findings of a research programme to understand the role, facilitators and barriers to nation-wide application of  essential health benefits in the resourcing, organisation and accountability on integrated services. Case studies were implemented in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and the meeting aims to draw cross country learning. The work is being implemented in association with the ECSA Health Community. It will also review the methods used in developing and costing EHBs, and the manner in which EHBs have been disseminated and used for pooling and allocating resources and commodities;  for integration of programmes; co-ordination of providers; and for monitoring and accountability on services. Selected reports are the work are available on the EQUINET website.

EQUINET Regional meeting on health centre committees as a vehicle for social participation June 2017

In Community Working Group on Health in partnership with Training and Research Support Centre, University of Cape Town  School of Public Health, and the Lusaka District Health Management Team under the auspices of EQUINET held a regional review meeting on Health Centre Committees as a vehicle for social participation in health systems in East and Southern Africa on 20-22 June in Harare. The meeting was held as part of a programme to exchange experiences and information on the laws, roles, capacities, training and monitoring systems that are being applied to HCCs in the ESA region. The meeting discussed experiences with laws, policies, guidelines and constitutions on HCCs; shared experiences in using photo voice to enhance the role of HCCs; discussed current training materials and programmes for HCCs in the region and the strengthening of internal capacities of institutions working with HCCs through information exchange and skills inputs. The report is available on the EQUINET website.

Participatory action research programme to develop online PAR 

In 2017 EQUINET (through TARSC working with Maldaba a web design company) is developing a web platform for participatory action research (PAR) that would allow us to connect across countries on areas of local community level work and action on areas of health, health determinants  and health systems that have wider regional and global relevance or relate to global policies being applied across our countries. In doing this we are building a new tool that will allow  us to share, discuss,  analyse and design actions across countries in the same way we have done so using PAR at local level, that we can use in future for many purposes. TARSC is working with PAR facilitators from 8 sites in east and southern Africa.  We are taking forward the web platform for PAR between July 2017 and December 2019 working with eight sites and health workers and community members in a primary care facility in the site. We are exploring how disease programme or funding targets  such as for performance based financing are affecting health workers professionals roles and team work; health workers relationships with communities  and the ability to deliver comprehensive primary health care.. Please email the secrertariat for further information.  

Latest Equinet Publications

Policy paper 7: Equity in health in Southern Africa: Turning values into practice
EQUINET Steering Committee (2000 September)
Values, policies and rights
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 8: An examination of public sector subsidies to the private health sector: A Zimbabwe case study
Mudyarabikwa, O; University of Zimbabwe Medical School (2000 September)
Resource allocation and health financing