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

MEETING REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE EQUINET WEBSITE . 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 held 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 involved trade union, ex mineworker, civil society  and academia and consolidated an Extractives and Health Group (EHG) for an alliance on follow up actions on shared priorities, If you are interested in the EHG please contact us at admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: MINING%20AND%20HEALTH%20WORKSHOP) (EQUINET secretariat )

Desk review on “Public-private partnerships in the health sector- what implications for East and Southern African countries

Call now closed

This desk review of public private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector (health services) in east and southern African countries is being commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). The paper aims to inform public sector professionals, policy makers, civil society and parliamentarians on the health sector and health equity impacts of PPPs in health services in the countries of east and southern Africa. It will cover the full spectrum of services provided in the health sector, viz promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative. The countries covered are Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia. 

The paper will identify from online sources and public domain documents for the above ESA countries:

  1. the different types of PPPs, the countries and socio-economic features of the areas where they operate and the PPP characteristics.

  2. the contextual (socio-economic, regulatory, governance and contracting) issues relevant to their implementation, and

  3. their role in health financing and service delivered; their equity, governance and management  implications.  

It will draw conclusions on the distribution of health sector and health equity risks and benefits in PPPs in the ESA region and make recommendations on issues for policy attention and for social advocacy to address these consequences. The work on the paper is now underway.    


Latest Equinet Publications

Parliament briefing 2: Fair financing for health
EQUINET; Health Economics Unit (UCT); Centre for Health Policy (Wits); Association of Parliamentary Committes in east and southern Africa (SEAPACOH) (2006)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Capacity building paper: Protecting access to Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) under trade and market policies: The Zimbawean case
Kokerai, T; Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (2005 August)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
Zimbabwe
EQUINET PRA report 4: Strengthening community–Health Centre partnership and accountability in Zambia
Equity Gauge (Zambia) (2006 September)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
PRA project report 2: Reproductive health challenges of students, lecturers, administration and college communities in the agricultural training institutions in Zimbabwe
Students and Youths Working on Reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) (2006 July)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
PRA project report 3: Raising our voice, breaking our silence: Health workers’ experiences and needs around Occupational Health Services in Cape Town, South Africa
Industrial Health Research Group (IHRG) (2006 June)
Themes:
Human resources for health, Governance and participation in health
Country
South Africa
Meeting report at the Southern African Social Forum, Harare, Zimbabwe, 13 October 2005
Health Civil Society in east and southern Africa (2005 October)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 39: Community voice and role in district health systems in east and southern Africa: A literature review
Báez, C; Barron, P (2006 June)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Report of a research workshop: The role of health systems in food sovereignty and nutrition
EQUINET; Medical Research Council; University of the Western Cape (2006 May)
Themes:
Poverty and health, Equitable health services
Country
East and southern Africa region
Discussion paper 28: Applying policy analysis in tackling health-equity related implementation gaps
Gilson, L; Erasmus, E; Kamuzora, P; Mathews, V; Ngulube, TJ; Scott, V; Centre for Health Policy, University of Witwatersrand; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam; School of Public H (2006 January)
Themes:
Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 38: Potential constraints to equitable service delivery in Cape Town in 2003
Scott, V; Mathews, V; School of Public Health, University of Western Cape (2005 May)
Themes:
Human resources for health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
South Africa

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