EQUINET is governed by a steering committee involving academic, government and civic institutions from Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and from SADC and international level. EQUINET programmes involve institutions from these and other SADC countries.
EQUINET activities are co-ordinated and managed through Training and Research Support Centre, a non profit institution headquartered in Zimbabwe that carries out health and social policy work at national, regional and international level.
The SADC Health Sector formally recognised EQUINET in 1999 and at its Health Ministers' meeting in April 2002 recommended collaboration with EQUINET. Health Sector Officials were encouraged to work with EQUINET and to use its resources EQUINET has co-operated with in its activities with the SADC Health Sector, the SADC Directorate of Social Development and Special Programmes, the SADC HIV/AIDS Programme and the SADC Parliamentary Forum, as well as with a number of southern African regional organisations.
Specific areas of EQUINET theme work are co-ordinated by institutional members:
- The Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town co-ordinates work on Resource Allocation and health equity
- CHESSORE, Zambia and TARSC, Zimbabwe co-ordinate work on Governance, equity and health
- The Centre for Health Policy, Wits University, South Africa co-ordinates work on Policy analysis
- SEATINI, Zimbabwe co-ordinates the work on Trade and health
- Health Systems Trust, South Africa co-ordinates the work on Human Resources for Health
- The Malawi Health Equity Network co-ordinates the work with parliamentarians and the student grants programme
- CHESSORE Zambia co-ordinates the work on cross border disease surveillance
- University of Cape Town School of Family and Public Health co-ordinates the work on Health Rights
- TARSC, Zimbabwe co-ordinates the work on Equity in HIV/AIDS in a co-operation with Oxfam GB
- Fahamu (UK/SA) manages the EQUINET website and newsletter
- University of Zimbabwe Medical school, Zimbabwe co-ordinates the work on Monitoring equity
These theme area programmes collectively network institutions across all SADC countries
EQUINET co-operates with Peoples Health Movement, Community Working Group on Health and International People's Health Council in its work on civil society and health, with the Municipal Services Project in its work on essential services and with the Global Equity Gauge Alliance in its work with parliamentarians. EQUINET is co-operating with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia to strengthen writing skills for peer reviewed journals and with Medact (UK), UNSW, and the University of Saskatchewan Canada in its work on trade and on health personnel.
EQUINET co-operates on within the African Health Research Forum in strengthening health research networking, with the IDRC(Canada), Swiss SDC Governance and Equity in Health Programme, with World Health Organisation, with the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), the International Society for Equity in Health, GEGA, the Dag Hammerskjold Foundation, Rockefeller and other international partners on specific areas of work.