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 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 CONFERENCE 2022 has been successfully held! Watch key sessions if you missed any.

In 2022 EQUINET has been hosting a regional conference under the overall theme "Catalysing change for health and social justice' . The conference has been online, in three separate thematic days (already held) and a fourth half day held on 17 November on the future networking and organisation on health equity.  It's been an exciting four days, with alot of evidence, ideas, experience from and exchanges within the region. Please select EQUINET CONFERENCE on the side tabs and visit the conference pages for more information, for the programmes, video recordings and  the resolutions adopted at the conference. You can find the programmes for the conference days on the programme page, the video records of the opening and conference sessions are on the Resources page, and the resolutions for action adopted on day 4 on the Resolutions page.      

Desk review of health-related food standards in east and southern Africa
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This desk review aims to identify the legal standards covering food safety and standards, key food management systems, with attention to general and specific food-related risks and health promoting standards, and the governance, functions, administration and financing of food systems in east and southern African countries. It is being commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) in association with the ECSA Health Community. The paper aims to support improved legal and policy frameworks on health promoting food standards and systems by providing a desk review and matrix table of domestic legal and statutory provisions in 16 ESA countries (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia) taking note of key international and regional standards, and guidance. 

The review will use online information from international agency websites and African and ESA regional organisations, and online legal databases for the above 16 countries to identify the most recent laws and specific standards in force for:

  • International and regional standards and guidance relevant to food risks, safety and standards relating to the principles, rights, duties and authorities included, the key areas of food safety, risk, standards covered; and provisions/guidance on functions, governance and financing.
  • Domestic law in relation to food and health in relation to scope, objectives and mission; principles, rights and duties; key areas of food safety, risks and standards; key functions; mechanisms  and administration; governance and financing. 

The consultant will provide a 30 page report; a tabulated appendix of legal standards ((constitution, acts and relevant regulations) in key areas for each of the 16 ESA countries and a 4 page summary brief. The review paper will be produced as an EQUINET discussion paper. It may be used thereafter as source material for other publications.  It will be drafted, reviewed and final version produced between late September and end November 2022. Please send any queries on this work to the EQUINET secretariat at admin [at] equinetafrica.org


Latest Equinet Publications

Mining and Public Health in Zambia Meeting report, 10 April 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
Ministry of Health Zambia; EQUINET (2018 April)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
Zambia
EQUINET discussion paper 113: The role of an essential health benefit in health systems in east and southern Africa: Learning from regional research’
Loewenson R; Mamdani M; Todd G; Kadowa I; Nswilla A; Kisanga O; Luwabelwa M; Banda P; Palale M; Magagula S (2018 February)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Human resources for health, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Advancing public health rights, claims and standards in mining, Report of a Side Session at the Alternative Mining Indaba, 6 February 2018, Cape Town South Africa
EQUINET; TARSC; SATUCC; Benchmarks Foundation; SADC CNGO (2018 February)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country
South Africa
The role of an essential health benefit in the delivery of integrated health services: Learning from practice in East and Southern Africa, Report of a regional research workshop, November 27-28 2017, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.
EQUINET; Ifakara Health Institute; Training and Research Support Centre (2017 December)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
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

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