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

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 holding 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 is aimed at trade union, ex mineworker and civil society  health organisers, There are limited sponsored places and further self sponsired places. If you are interested in this workshop please contact us at admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: MINING%20AND%20HEALTH%20WORKSHOP) (EQUINET secretariat )

EQUINET Call: Desk review on “Public health and mining in East and Southern African countries

This call has closed 

This desk review of public health and mining in east and southern African countries is being commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) in collaboration with partners. The paper aims to inform public sector officials and professionals, policy makers, civil society including unions and ex mineworkers organisations and parliamentarians on the population health impacts of the types of mining in all countries in East and Southern Africa to support policies, programmes and health literacy on mining and health. The countries covered are Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia. It will cover both large and small scale mining activities

The paper will identify from online sources the direct health risks and health outcomes for workers, their families, surrounding communities and ex mineworkers, related to mining, and covering also post mine closure health risks and health outcomes. It will draw on documented evidence from existing published studies and data on the distribution and determinants of health outcomes of the different mining activities in the region. It will identify the known population health risks associated with each of the major forms of mining underway and  currently documented health outcomes in east and southern African countries associated with those mining activities, and the key population groups affected. It will draw conclusions on the gap between documented public health risks and the documented health outcomes in the region and comment on factors underlying these gaps. 

Latest Equinet Publications

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