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.

In 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 epidemic we have under our newsletter work prepared information briefs that compile relevant evidence for the ESA region on COVID-19, its epidemiology, impact, prevention  and management. Please read past sheets on the website under EQUINET publications and subscribe if you would like to receive future sheets.  We welcome information from or relevant to the region to be included in the information briefs 



EQUINET CONFERENCE 2022 

In 2022 EQUINET is hosting a regional conference under the overall theme "Catalysing change for health and social justice' . The conferebce will be onlibne, in three separate thematic days and a fourth half day on the future networking and organisation on health equity Please select EQUINET CONFERENCE on the side tabs and visit the conference pages for more information and for the call for presentations.. 

EQUINET is looking for a creative writer to help us prepare the EQUINET Conference 2022 report linking to visuals and online presentations

If you have skills in preparing reports,  and particularly multimedia reports that use visuals and links to make them accessible to a wide variety of readers and are available in October- December 2022 to work with us on preparing the conference report please admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: CONFERENCE%20REPORTING) (contact us) in August with your indication of interest, CV and daily rate. 

Multimethods work on mental health and wellbeing of urban youth in East and Southern African countries

EQUINET is implementing work using a mix of methods on mental health and wellbeing in urban youth in a context of COVID-19, to share experiences, exchange and learning from in east and southern Africa. The work, which involves dialogues,  desk reviews, online tools and other approaches, aims to convene an information/ exchange process for participatory voice of and exchange between urban and peri-urban young people on their mental health generally, how COVID-19 has affected this, where young people get support and services for mental health challenges, what gaps are perceived and what recommendations young people have for improving responses.  Prior work in EQUINET on urban health already referred to youth mental health as an area that is of rising concern but largely ignored or underserved by services. Anecdotal information from conversations with young people by CFYDDI Uganda and CMPD Malawi as EQUINET members suggest that young people face a number of stresses driving mental ill-health and reply more on social support than on support from formal services for problems. A desk review implemented by IWGHSS and EQUINET provides further evidence of this in our region. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified many stressors, but also presents an opportunity to understand and respond to mental health issues  from a reactive and narrow biomedical or stigmatising lens to one that locates the causes in living, working and social conditions and that requires a wider and more holistic set of community and sectoral  responses that engage with young people in their design.  The pandemic has already shown the ideas and innovation that young people bring to such responses. The work we are doing in EQUINET with partners seeks to further explore and share experience, ideas, resources and  responses directly from young people and those working with and supporting young people. admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: Youth%20mental%20health) (Please write to us) with ‘youth mental health’ in the subject line if you are interested in connecting on this work, with brief information or links on your work, areas of focus or interest.  This grant call is closed but we will be further exploring work on youth mental health arising from proposals made at the EQUINET Conference. 

Useful Resources


Latest Equinet Publications

Research that supports health equity: Reflections and learning from EQUINET
Loewenson R; Mamdani M; Loewenson T; Dambisya Y; Chitah B; Kaim B; Machemedze R; Gilson L; Zulu A (2019 November)
Themes:
Equity in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
East and southern Africa region
Ensuring that target-driven funding supports and does not harm comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa: Brief for international level
PAROnline (2019 November)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
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East and southern Africa region
Ensuring that target-driven funding supports and does not harm comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa: Brief for regional level
PAROnline community (2019 November)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
Ensuring that target-driven funding supports and does not harm comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa: Brief for district and national level
PAROnline community (2019 November)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
Ensuring that target-driven funding supports and does not harm comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa: Brief for local level
PAROnline community (2019 November)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
How does target-driven funding affect comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa?
Loewenson R, Kaim B, Thole C, Moyo A, Kabango T, Asibu W, Kalolo P, Machilika N, Mutashobya G, Kijuu B, Abdallah K, Nziramwoyo P, Nampewo S, Serunjogi F, Namukisa R, Nakamya F, Zulu A, Chiwala A, Mwakoi C, Mutasa E, Katsande I, Madzukwa H, Gordon L (2019 September)
Themes:
PAR work, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Discussion paper 119: Critical assessment of different health financing options in east and southern African countries
Doherty J (2019 June)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
Policy brief 45: Features of domestic revenue sources for universal health systems: a contribution to policy dialogue
EQUINET (2019)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Discussion paper 118: Comparative review: Implementation of constitutional provisions on the right to healthcare in Kenya and Uganda
Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) (2019 March)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights
Country
Uganda
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 5: What does the evidence indicate for advancing urban health and wellbeing?
Loewenson R; Masotya M (2018 December)
Themes:
Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
East and southern Africa region

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