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

Report on a training workshop: Promoting health in trade agreements, 12 to 13 June 2006, Lilongwe, Malawi
Malawi Health Equity Network; Centre for Health Policy; SEATINI; EQUINET (2006 June)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
Southern Africa Regional
PRA project report 1: Creating nurse student awareness on community knowledge on health in “Ontevrede” (unsatisfied) informal settlement, Namibia
University of Namibia; Ontevrede Community (2006 June)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Namibia
Discussion paper 35: Perceptions of health workers about conditions of service: A Namibian case study
Iipinge, S; Hofnie, K; van der Westhuizen L; Pendukeni, M; Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Namibia; Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia (2006 May)
Themes:
Human resources for health
Country
Namibia
Capacity building paper: Patient involvement in treatment decision making among women with breast cancer: Creating person-centred and equitable health service systems
Batte, A; Odoi-Adome, R; Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University (2006 May)
Themes:
Equitable health services
Country
Uganda
Discussion paper 29: Planning and budgeting for Primary Health Care in Zambia: A policy process analysis of experiences and outcomes (1995-2004)
Ngulube, TJ; Mdhluli, LQ; Gondwe, K; CHESSORE (2005 October)
Themes:
Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
Zambia
Capacity building paper: Protecting rights of access to essential medicines under trade and market policies: The Tanzania case study
Mhamba, R; Ezekiel, MJ; Shemdoe, GS; Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam; Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam; Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (2005 September)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
Tanzania
EQUINET Discussion paper 36: Issues facing primary care health workers in delivering HIV and AIDS related treatment and care
South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU); School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (2006 April)
Themes:
Human resources for health
Country
South Africa
Discussion paper 26: Equity in Health Care in Namibia: Towards a needs-based allocation formula
Ministry of Health, Namibia; World Health Organisation (2005 April)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Namibia
Capacity building paper: Career plans of Year IV medical students at the University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences
Musuka, G; TARSC (2005 December)
Themes:
Human resources for health
Country
Zimbabwe
Capacity building paper: Patients’ knowledge of medication use as an equity issue in health care: Do health workers pay attention to this?
Ssemaluulu, R; Adome, R; Department of Pharmacy, Makerere University (2006 February)
Themes:
Equitable health services
Country
Uganda

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