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.

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 )

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

Call closes 5pm March 9 2020

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

Applicants for the call are asked to email admin [at] equinetafrica.org  before 5pm Southern Africa time March 9 2020 and please ensure you put PPPs AND HEALTH PAPER  in the subject line of the email.

  1. a brief letter outlining their key experience, capacities and availability for the task, institutional and individual country location and contact information for follow up

  2. their CV and

  3. the pdfs of at least two publications related to this field that they have authored. 

Please send any queries on the call to the EQUINET secretariat  

Latest Equinet Publications

Policy paper 3: A review of experience concerning household ability to cope with the resource demands of ill health and health care utilisation
Goudge, J; Govender, V; Centre for Health Policy, University of Witwatersrand; Health Economics Unit; University of Cape Town (2000 June)
Poverty and health
South Africa
Policy paper 2: Equity in health in Southern Africa: Overview and issues from an annotated bibliography
EQUINET Steering Committee (1998 May)
Equity in health
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 1: Can research fill the equity gap in Southern Africa?
Loewenson, R (1999 September)
Equity in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 7: Equity in health in Southern Africa: Turning values into practice
EQUINET Steering Committee (2000 September)
Values, policies and rights
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 8: An examination of public sector subsidies to the private health sector: A Zimbabwe case study
Mudyarabikwa, O; University of Zimbabwe Medical School (2000 September)
Resource allocation and health financing