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 and PHM East and Southern Africa Regional People's Health University, July 29 to November 12 2021 

The first East and Southern Africa Regional People’s Health University (ESA RPHU) jointly convened by PHM and EQUINET is being held virtually between 29 July and 12 November with the theme ‘Past, present and future struggles for Health equity’.  The course aims to build and share evidence, experience, analysis and knowledge on the drivers of health equity to support efforts and activism within countries, as new and existing members of PHM and EQUINET, and in regional co-operation and joint engagement, from local to global level, on shared priorities. The course aims to link key areas of evidence and knowledge to practical experiences and action to share insights and build learning from action. Please visit the RPHU page on this website for further details, the programme and open access resources and selected session recordings.

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

Invitation of expressions of interest 

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. 


Latest Equinet Publications

Brief: Strengthening health centre committees for people-centred health systems
EQUINET; CWGH; TARSC; LDHO; UCT (2017 November)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Resource curse or fair benefit: Protecting health in the extractive sector in east and southern Africa
EQUINET, TARSC, SATUCC, SADC CNGO (2017 November)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Discussion paper 112: A case study of the Essential Health Care Package in Swaziland
Magagula SV (2017 August)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Swaziland
EQUINET discussion paper 111: A case study of the role of an Essential Health Benefit in the delivery of integrated health services in Zambia
Luwabelwa M; Banda P; Palale M; Chama-Chiliba C (2017)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
EQUINET Discussion paper 110: A case study of the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package
Kadowa I (2017 September)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
Uganda
EQUINET discussion paper 109: A case study of the Essential Health Benefit in Tanzania mainland
Todd G; Nswilla A; Kisanga O; Mamdani M (2017 September)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Tanzania
Are Health Centre Committees a Vehicle for Social Participation in Health? Report on a Regional HCC Review Meeting, June 2017
CWGH; TARSC; UCT; LDHO (2017 June)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Using Policy dialogue to Strengthen Health Centre Committees as a Vehicle for Social Participation in Health System in East and Southern Africa. Report of Policy dialogue workshop
Zambia Ministry of Health; Lusaka District Health Office; TALC, CWGH in EQUINET (2016 January)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
Global Health Diplomacy and regional health standards in the extractive sector, Session Report, 10 April 2017,
ECSA Health Community; EQUINET (2017 April)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Policy brief 42: Harmonising regional standards for extractive industry responsibilities for health in east and southern Africa
Loewenson R; Hinricher J; Papamichail A (2017 February)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
East and southern Africa region

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