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

EQUINET PRA paper: Reflections on actions and learning from participatory work on health in Cassa Banana, Zimbabwe.
Kaim B (2016 April)
Themes:
Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 106: Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas: A review and annotated bibliography
Loewenson R; Masotya M (2015 December)
Themes:
Equity in health, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
East and southern Africa region
African responses to the 2014/5 Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic
Loewenson R; Papamichail A; Ayagah I (2015 October)
Themes:
Equitable health services
Country
Africa
Guidance on using needs-based formulae and gap analysis in the equitable allocation of health care resources in East and Southern Africa
McIntyre D; Anselmi L (2015 October)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa
EQUINET (2015 July)
Themes:
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Equitable health services, Human resources for health, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Case Study Brief: Health centre committees ensuring services respond to the needs of people living with HIV in Malawi
REACH Trust; TARSC; EQUINET (2015 March)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Malawi
Case Study Brief: Health centre committee involvement in local government planning for health in Zambia
LDHMT; TARSC; EQUINET (2015 April)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa, Report of a Regional Research Workshop, 13-14 March 2015, Johannesburg South Africa
EQUINET; TARSC; CPTL (2015 April)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Human resources for health, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Case study brief: Strengthening the capacities health centre committees as health advocates in Zimbabwe
CWGH; TARSC; EQUINET (2015 March)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Equity Watch 2014
Training and Research Support Centre; Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe (2015 March)
Themes:
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Zimbabwe

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