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 CONFERENCE 2022 

In 2022 EQUINET is hosting a regional conference under the overall theme "Catalysing change for health and social justice' . The conferebce will be onlibne, in three separate thematic days and a fourth half day on the future networking and organisation on health equity Please select EQUINET CONFERENCE on the side tabs and visit the conference pages for more information and for the call for presentations.. 

EQUINET is looking for a creative writer to help us prepare the EQUINET Conference 2022 report linking to visuals and online presentations

If you have skills in preparing reports,  and particularly multimedia reports that use visuals and links to make them accessible to a wide variety of readers and are available in October- December 2022 to work with us on preparing the conference report please admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: CONFERENCE%20REPORTING) (contact us) in August with your indication of interest, CV and daily rate. 

Desk review of health-related food standards in east and southern Africa
Call closed

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

EQUINET Discussion paper 118: Comparative review: Implementation of constitutional provisions on the right to healthcare in Kenya and Uganda
Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) (2019 March)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights
Country
Uganda
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 5: What does the evidence indicate for advancing urban health and wellbeing?
Loewenson R; Masotya M (2018 December)
Themes:
Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Diss 117: Pathways to urban health equity: Report of multi-method research in east and southern Africa
Loewenson R; Masotya M (2018 December)
Themes:
Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Public-private mix, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
East and southern Africa region
Mapping the constitutional provisions on the right to health and the mechanisms for implementation in Kenya. A case study report,
Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) (2018)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights
Country
Kenya
Participatory meetings in Harare on health and wellbeing of urban youth, 2016-7
Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC); Civic Forum on Human Development (CFHD (2018)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
EQUINET Discussion paper 116: The International Health Regulations and health systems strengthening in east and southern Africa: A desk review
Machemedze R (2018)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Equitable health services, Human resources for health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Mining and health: A Health Literacy Module
Loewenson, R; TARSC; EQUINET (2018 October)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Public-private mix, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Case study: Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda
Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) (2018)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights
Country
Uganda
EQUINET Discussion paper 115: Literature review: Strategies for recruitment and retention of skilled healthcare workers in remote rural areas
Malema NR, Muthelo L (2018 September)
Themes:
Human resources for health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Participatory meeting in Lusaka on health and wellbeing of urban youth, 26-27 June 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka District Health Office(LDHO); Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC); Civic Forum on Human Development (CFHD); EQUINET (2018 July)
Themes:
Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zambia

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