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Skills Building On Methods And Tools For Learning From Action In Participatory Action Research
Tuesday 15 November 2016 8:30am–12pm Convention Centre, Health System Global, Vancouver, Canada

This participatory skills session convened under the umbrella of the pra4equity network is being held at the Heath System Global Conference. In the session we will discusses methods and tools to build learning from action as a key element of participatory action research, directly engaging affected communities to build responsive health systems. The session draws on approaches and experience from Africa, Latin America and participants globally to discuss the methods/tools, their application and their integration in health systems. From prior global symposia, methods for learning from action were identified as weak in PAR practice. This session seeks to address this gap. It is targeted at researchers and practitioners. It uses methods resources and group discussions of case studies from health managers, policy actors, civil society and researchers in low and middle income countries to discuss the participatory processes and methods for learning from action at different levels, and the issues in applying and institutionalising these methods. We will also review what these participatory efforts to transform and build knowledge on health systems implies for the understanding of ‘resilience’. As the places are limited if you will be in Vancouver on the 15th November morning and would like to participate in this skills session please can you notify on the email shown with your name, institution and a line or two on any prior PAR experience.

** Reclaiming the state: Advancing peoples Health, Challenging Injustice
Abstract of EQUINET Steering committee paper presented at the Equinet conference, Durban, 8-9 June 2004

This paper is the third overview produced by the Southern African Regional Network for Equity in Health (EQUINET) steering committee since EQUINET’s launch after the Kasane meeting in 1997. The first paper in 1998 identified a concept of health equity that would guide EQUINET work, outlined the areas of policy commitment to this vision of equity in southern Africa, and the gaps in delivery on these commitments. The second paper in 2000 described the profile of poverty, inequality and ill health in southern Africa despite these commitments, and proposed policy measures that would better direct resources towards health needs, and the forms of health care most appropriate and accessible to those with greatest health needs, particularly through primary health care strategies. This paper highlighted the important role played by the social forces that drive policy choices, and proposed specific measures for organising and investing in opportunities for informed, authoritative participation of all social groups and particularly the poorest in their health systems, and for building health system responsiveness and accountability to social groups.

Further details: /newsletter/id/30451
**Call for participants and abstracts
Equinet Regional Meeting on Participation and Governance in Health, Zambia, January 26-28 2004: Call Closes On December 5 2004

This call invites applicants to participate in and present work at the EQUINET regional meeting on participation and Governance in Health being held in co-operation with Centre for Health and Social Science Research (CHESSORE) Zambia and Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) Zimbabwe in Lusaka, Zambia, January 26-28 2004.

The call:

EQUINET invites researchers and practitioners working on community participation and governance in health to participate in a regional meeting to
- Discuss and exchange evidence and experience on the impacts of community participation and joint community- health service structures on the performance of health systems
- Identify areas for follow up research, training and policy review to strengthen mechanisms for effective community involvement in health systems and for increased responsiveness of health services to community priorities and needs.

We invite interested organisations and individuals to submit an application to participate with information on their work and role in this area (see below). Applicants can also apply for EQUINET sponsorship to the meeting (see below). Applications need to be sent to the EQUINET secretariat by December 5 2004.

The programme:

The Regional Network on Equity and Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) (www.equinetafrica.org) has noted that equity related work needs to define and build a more active role for important stakeholders in health, and to incorporate the power and ability people (and social groups) have to make choices over health inputs and their capacity to use these choices towards health. To do this requires a clearer analysis of the social dimensions of health and their role in health equity, i.e. the role of social networking and exclusion, of the forms and levels of participation and of how governance systems distribute power and authority over the resources needed for health. To understand these factors, EQUINET has been carrying out research work to evaluate the current and desired forms of participation within health systems in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania amongst other Southern African countries. This work has been co-ordinated by CHESSORE Zambia and TARSC Zimbabwe.

The multicountry programme explored the functioning of district and clinic level structures (neighbourhood and health centre committees and district health boards) for community participation in terms of whether they
i. represent the interests of communities
ii. have any role in health system performance and resource allocation
iii. include community preferences in health planning and resource allocation
iv. improve equity in resource allocation
v. improve health system performance, especially in relation to equity

The field studies and literature review in this programme explored outcomes in these areas, and how these outcomes were influenced by the functioning of these joint community- health service structures and deeper underlying determinants, including their legal status, authority and mandate.

The regional meeting:

The EQUINET/ CHESSORE/ TARSC regional meeting will be held in Lusaka, Zambia 26-28 January 2005 and will review the results of the multicountry programme and of other experiences in the region of joint health service and community structures for community participation in health, particularly in terms of their effectiveness representing community interests, and in improving the equity, relevance and quality of health systems. The meeting aims to share experience over a 3 day period from individuals and organisations working in east and southern Africa, and to use this to identify a follow-up programme of training, research and policy review in the region. EQUINET also propose to produce a book on participation, governance, equity and health in 2005 and will invite submissions from presentations to the regional meeting.

Call for participation and applications:

Interested applicants should submit a 1-2 page ‘expression of interest’ that outlines
- a title that summarises their work in this area
- an abstract of the research question, methods and key findings in this area OR a summary of the work they are doing in this area, that they would want to present at the meeting
- a personal CV,
- brief information on the institution that they work in, and
- a sample document written by the applicant on any relevant theme.
- An indication of whether they are self sponsored or whether they need sponsorship for travel, or accommodation,. or both

Applicants should submit this information by 5th December 2004 to the EQUINET secretariat admin@equinetafrica.org / Fax 263-4-737 220 and copy it to rene@tarsc.org and chessore@zamnet.zm

Applicants will be informed by 17th December 2004 on the outcome of their submission, including sponsorship and of the logistic details for the meeting. Participants of existing EQUINET programmes are welcome to apply.

Focal points for queries on this programme are Dr TJ Ngulube at the Centre for Health and Social Science Research Zambia and Dr R Loewenson (TARSC). Please send queries through admin@equinetafrica.org)

**Call for participants and abstracts

Equinet Regional Meeting On Participation And Governance In Health, Zambia, January 26-28 2004: Call Closes On December 5 2004

This call invites applicants to participate in and present work at the EQUINET regional meeting on participation and Governance in Health being held in co-operation with Centre for Health and Social Science Research (CHESSORE) Zambia and Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) Zimbabwe in Lusaka, Zambia, January 26-28 2004.

The call:

EQUINET invites researchers and practitioners working on community participation and governance in health to participate in a regional meeting to
- Discuss and exchange evidence and experience on the impacts of community participation and joint community- health service structures on the performance of health systems
- Identify areas for follow up research, training and policy review to strengthen mechanisms for effective community involvement in health systems and for increased responsiveness of health services to community priorities and needs.

We invite interested organisations and individuals to submit an application to participate with information on their work and role in this area (see below). Applicants can also apply for EQUINET sponsorship to the meeting (see below). Applications need to be sent to the EQUINET secretariat by December 5 2004.

The programme:

The Regional Network on Equity and Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) (www.equinetafrica.org) has noted that equity related work needs to define and build a more active role for important stakeholders in health, and to incorporate the power and ability people (and social groups) have to make choices over health inputs and their capacity to use these choices towards health. To do this requires a clearer analysis of the social dimensions of health and their role in health equity, i.e. the role of social networking and exclusion, of the forms and levels of participation and of how governance systems distribute power and authority over the resources needed for health. To understand these factors, EQUINET has been carrying out research work to evaluate the current and desired forms of participation within health systems in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania amongst other Southern African countries. This work has been co-ordinated by CHESSORE Zambia and TARSC Zimbabwe.

The multicountry programme explored the functioning of district and clinic level structures (neighbourhood and health centre committees and district health boards) for community participation in terms of whether they i. represent the interests of communities ii. have any role in health system performance and resource allocation iii. include community preferences in health planning and resource allocation iv. improve equity in resource allocation v. improve health system performance, especially in relation to equity The field studies and literature review in this programme explored outcomes in these areas, and how these outcomes were influenced by the functioning of these joint community- health service structures and deeper underlying determinants, including their legal status, authority and mandate.

The regional meeting:

The EQUINET/ CHESSORE/ TARSC regional meeting will be held in Lusaka, Zambia 26-28 January 2005 and will review the results of the multicountry programme and of other experiences in the region of joint health service and community structures for community participation in health, particularly in terms of their effectiveness representing community interests, and in improving the equity, relevance and quality of health systems. The meeting aims to share experience over a 3 day period from individuals and organisations working in east and southern Africa, and to use this to identify a follow-up programme of training, research and policy review in the region. EQUINET also propose to produce a book on participation, governance, equity and health in 2005 and will invite submissions from presentations to the regional meeting.

Call for participation and applications:

Interested applicants should submit a 1-2 page ‘expression of interest’ that outlines
- a title that summarises their work in this area
- an abstract of the research question, methods and key findings in this area OR a summary of the work they are doing in this area, that they would want to present at the meeting
- a personal CV,
- brief information on the institution that they work in, and
- a sample document written by the applicant on any relevant theme.
- An indication of whether they are self sponsored or whether they need sponsorship for travel, or accommodation,. or both

Applicants should submit this information by 5th December 2004 to the EQUINET secretariat admin@equinetafrica.org / Fax 263-4-737 220 and copy it to rene@tarsc.org and chessore@zamnet.zm

Applicants will be informed by 17th December 2004 on the outcome of their submission, including sponsorship and of the logistic details for the meeting. Participants of existing EQUINET programmes are welcome to apply.

Focal points for queries on this programme are Dr TJ Ngulube at the Centre for Health and Social Science Research Zambia and Dr R Loewenson (TARSC). Please send queries through admin@equinetafrica.org)

10th ECSA Best Practices Forum and 26th Directors Joint Consultative Committee Meeting
ECSA HC: 10 to 12 April 2017, Arusha, Tanzania; Submission of Abstracts deadline: March 17, 2017

The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) will host the
10th Best Practices Forum and 26th Directors Joint Consultative Committee from 10 to 12 April 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The theme is Promoting Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for Health through Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference will address its Theme through the following sub-themes:
1. Good Governance and Leadership Practices in the Health sector
2. Mitigating the Impact of emerging and re-emerging diseases.
3. Multi-Sectoral responses to Non-communicable Diseases.
4. Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health post-2015
The ECSA-HC is inviting abstracts of best practices and scientific papers that are relevant to the conference sub themes. The scientific papers and best practices should consist of case studies and evidence based programme experiences that are innovative, unique or have added value and new thinking in health. The abstracts and scientific papers will form the basis for the recommendations that will be presented to the Health Ministers for further deliberation and adoption as resolutions. Further information is available on the website. EQUINET has a formal association with ECSA HC and will be represented at the meeting.

10th ECSA Best Practices Forum and 26th Directors Joint Consultative Committee Meeting
ECSA HC: 10 to 12 April 2017, Arusha, Tanzania

The East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) will host the
10th Best Practices Forum and 26th Directors Joint Consultative Committee from 10 to 12 April 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. The theme is Promoting Multi-Sectoral Collaboration for Health through Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference will address its Theme through the following sub-themes:
1. Good Governance and Leadership Practices in the Health sector
2. Mitigating the Impact of emerging and re-emerging diseases.
3. Multi-Sectoral responses to Non-communicable Diseases.
4. Accountability for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health post-2015
The scientific papers and best practices will form the basis for the recommendations that will be presented to the Health Ministers for further deliberation and adoption as resolutions. Further information is available on the website. EQUINET has a formal association with ECSA HC and will be represented at the meeting. EQUINET will host a joint session at the Best Practices Forum on Global Health Diplomacy including inputs on health standards in the extractive industries and on the forthcoming World Health Assembly agenda.

2012 Regional Equity Watch
EQUINET

The EQUINET 2012 Regional Equity Watch has been produced and is being posted to the website in early September. The report updates the 2007 EQUINET Regional analysis of equity in health, drawing on the Equity Watch framework developed by EQUINET in cooperation with the East, Central and Southern African Health Community and in consultation with WHO and UNICEF, with some modifications given its regional nature. The report provides evidence from 16 countries in East and Southern Africa, including more detailed evidence from the country Equity Watch reports, on: Policy, political and legal commitments to equity in health; The current situation with respect to equity in health outcomes; Economic opportunities and challenges for health equity; Household access to the resources for health and the social determinants of health; Challenging inequities through redistributive health systems and Global (in)justice and the issues for global engagement. Visit the EQUINET website in early September to download the report!

A call for Expressions of Interest : Country research grants on costs and benefits of health worker migration in east and southern Africa
EQUINET, ECSA, HST Call closes 1 February 2007

The Regional network for equity in health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET) is calling for expressions of interest from researchers based in countries within East and Southern Africa (ESA) to undertake country level research into distribution of the costs and benefits of health worker migration. The country research will be implemented between April 2007 and April 2008 and aims to inform policy negotiation, design and evaluation on managing health worker migration within ESA. Applications should be sent by February 1st 2007

Further details: /newsletter/id/32019
A focus on Primary Health Care
EQUINET Steering Committee

The last two issues of EQUINET news have given focus to Primary Health Care (PHC), noting the thirty year anniversay of the Alma Ata declaration on PHC in 1978. The PHC philosophy recognises the need to tackle the broader social and political determinants of health, and involves wide-ranging action to promote health equity. It is focused on improving population health and generating health equity; on inter-sectoral action to address other social determinants of health and is based on social empowerment and comprehensive, integrated and appropriate health care, that emphasises health promotion and prevention and assures first contact care. EQUINET thus sees PHC oriented health systems as a basis for improving equity in health and in access to health services. This month we are making available on our website in electronic form our book "Reclaiming the Resources for Health", a resource that gives the argument for people centred, PHC oriented health systems in east and southern Africa. We report on the resolutions of an important meeting of parliaments health in east and southern Africa held in September 2008 on health equity and PHC, and we present new evidence gathered and methods for advancing PHC oriented health systems. We also present two editorials from our joint issue with Pambazuka news on PHC: Thirty years on. We invite comment and input on PHC in east and southern Africa to admin@equinetafrica.org!

A new portal page being developed on the EQUINET website on resources for Participatory Action Research
TARSC and pra4equity network: To be launched September 2017

In the evaluation of the Reader on PAR in Health Systems Research (online on this site) one of the proposals made by many respondents was to have a website to share a range of PAR materials, and information on networks, trainers etc online. People indicated and we also noted that there are many existing resources on PAR but that we need to make it easier for people to find what is out there based on specific needs that they have. In response to this EQUINET is setting up in July/ August a PAR portal page called the “Participatory Action Research Portal”. The new portal will have a homepage and a series of ‘subpages’ for Training, resources - which will provide links to online training courses, whole training guides and reports of training activities; Methods, tools and ethics - which will provide links to online specific papers on PAR methods, to specific examples of tools, and to discussions/ guidelines on ethical issues; PAR work – which will provide links to stories, case studies, briefs, videos, text or photojournalism stories of PAR work, including facilitator reflections; Organisations and networks - which will provide the name, snippet of information, country and link to organisations and networks involved PAR; Publications - which will provide published journal papers and reports on PAR through links to the urls or on the EQUINET database and Other resources - which will provide ad hoc information that doesn’t fit anywhere else. The page is being worked on in July and August and will be launched in September 2017. A call has been made for institutions working with PAR to provide information on resources they would like the portal to make links to.

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