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 leads co-ordinating major areas of work and a secretariat at the Training and Research Support Centre Zimbabwe.

In 2022 our EQUINET Conference and various steering committee meetings have identified key areas of work on health equity within our three strategic areas - Reclaiming the resources; Reclaiming the state; Reclaiming collective agency and solidarity. We are building on past work and alliances, renewing network leadership and developing a programe of research, work, dialogue, and engagement to put the resolutions of our Conference into action.  To give time for this we will not have the quarterly newsletter in March 1 2023. Watch out for our next newsletter on June 1 2023- it will be a bumper issue! 




EQUINET REGIONAL MEETING MARCH 2023 - Expanding promising practice on urban health and wellbeing

EQUINET is hosting a regional meeting in Nairobi Kenya on March 15 and 16 on Expanding promising practice for sustained urban and periurban wellbeing in east and southern Africa. The meeting is gathering people from different sectors, local authorities, civil society and technical organisations working in various areas of urban health, as well as organisations working on climate justice, and on extractives as sites of peri-urban growth, to share and review evidence on practice features that could be scaled up across countries. The meeting will explore the implications for engaging on commercial practices and responses to climate change. The meeting will involve parallel sessions to build photojournalism skills to strengthen communication  of promising practice. Read more on EQUINET work on urban health this site.

EQUINET CONFERENCE 2022 - Watch key sessions and read the resolutions

In 2022 EQUINET hosted a regional conference under the overall theme "Catalysing change for health and social justice' . The conference was 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 was 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

Read the report on health-related food standards in east and southern Africa

An open grant call was used by EQUINET, in association with ECSA HC and MoHCC Zimbabwe to commission a desk review of the laws governing food standards in east and southern Africa. The report, produced by William Kasapila, Malawi is now available on the EQUINET website.  The report recommends with draft clauses areas for updating and improving legal standards in the region.

Watch this space for EQUINET grant calls in 2023

Working with partners in the region EQUINET will be making a number of open grant calls on key areas of work identified as priorities for our work in 2023-2025. Watch this space for further information.

Health equity in economic and trade policies


Latest Equinet Publications

Meeting Report: Strengthening community voice and agency, Zambia, 26-28 January 2005
EQUINET; TARSC; CHESSORE (2005 January)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Abstract book: Strengthening community voice and agency, Zambia, 26-28 January 2005
EQUINET; TARSC; CHESSORE (2005 January)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Southern African regional meeting of civil society organisations in health, 26 November 2003
EQUINET (2003 November)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 22: Food security, rural development and health equity in Southern Africa
Chopra, M (2004 December)
Themes:
Poverty and health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 21: Governance, participatory mechanisms and structures in Zambia’s health system: An assessment of the impact of Health Centre Committees (HCCs) on equity in health and health care
Ngulube, T; Mdhluli, L; Gondwe, K; Njobvu, CA; CHESSORE (2004 December)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia
Resolucoes da reuniao sobre s alliancas parliamentares para a igualdade na Saude na Africa Austral, 20-22 de Agosto de 2003, Africa do Sul
EQUINET; GEGA; SADC PF (2003 August)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 18: Assessing the impact of Health Centre Committees on health system performance and health resource allocation
Loewenson, R; Rusike, I; Zulu, M; TARSC; CWGH (2004 February)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 20: Expanding treatment access and strengthening HIV and AIDS programmes in ways that strengthen the broader health systems agenda: Issues for the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria
EQUINET; TARSC; IDRC/SDC Research Matters (2004 September)
Themes:
Equity and HIV/AIDS
Country
Southern Africa Regional
Discussion paper 19: Effectiveness of District Health Boards in interceding for the community
Macwan’gi, M; Ngwengwe, A; Institute of Economic and Social Research, University of Zambia (2004 October)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
Zambia
Steering Committee briefing: International Society for Equity in Health conference, Toronto, June 2002
Loewenson, R; Maistry, T; TARSC (2002 June)
Themes:
Equity in health
Country
Southern Africa Regional

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