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A review of codes and protocols for the migration of health workers
C Pagett , A Padarath: Health Systems Trust, ECSA-HC, EQUINET Discussion paper 50

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) commissioned this review of current multi-lateral agreements, codes of practice, bi-lateral agreements, regional agreements, and strategies and position statements that govern the migration of health workers from ESA (East and Southern African) countries. The paper provides an overview of the current situation in ESA, and the strengths and weakness of current codes in application in the region.

A short course in Private Health and Social Health Insurance
10 – 14 October 2005

The Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town is offering a 5-day short course addressing the changing role of health insurance in low- and middle-income countries. The course focuses on the financial management of risk pools in diverse settings covering a broad spectrum of insurance arrangements including community-based health insurance, private voluntary insurance for the formal sector and social or national health insurance.

A short course in Private Health and Social Health Insurance, 10 – 14 October 2005

The Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town is offering a 5-day short course addressing the changing role of health insurance in low- and middle-income countries. The course focuses on the financial management of risk pools in diverse settings covering a broad spectrum of insurance arrangements including community-based health insurance, private voluntary insurance for the formal sector and social or national health insurance.

Abstract Book Available: Reclaiming the state: Advancing people’s health, challenging injustice
Regional Conference on Equity in Health in Southern Africa

Abstract book: Knowledge for action on equity in health in Uganda, Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda, 27-28 March 2008
HEPS-Uganda, Makerere University, Institute of Public Health, EQUINET

Over the past fourteen years considerable effort has been made to restore the functional capacity of the health sector, reactivate disease control programmes and re-orient services to Primary Health Care in Uganda. Ensuring that the resources for health fairly reach those with greatest need and that all have fair opportunities for health is a priority and not a matter for the Ministry of Health alone, but for all sectors whose activities affect health, and for all sections of society. As a part of this there is a body of work taking place in Uganda in government, academic and civil society institutions to explore, understand and propose options for reducing inequalities in health in Uganda. This abstract book presents the papers from a national meeting that aimed to assess the progress of equity in health in Uganda, review gaps and needs in the Ugandan health sector, to feed into and draw from experience in East and Southern Africa.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSING JANUARY 30 2009! Regional conference on equity in health in east and southern Africa, Uganda 23-25 September 2009

The closing date for abstract submission for EQUINET Regional Conference on Equity in Health in east and southern Africa is approaching. Please visit the conference website to download the abstract form and the registration form for submission. Preference for sponsorship will be given to accepted abstracts. We look forward to welcoming people from government, non state organisations, academic and research institutions, civil society, parliaments, regional and international organisations and other institutions promoting and working on equity in health in east and southern Africa! For more information, please visit the conference website at http://www.equinetafrica.org/conference2009/index.php or send queries to admin@equinetafrica.org, with EQUINET CONFERENCE in the subject line

Access to continued professional education among health workers in Blantyre, Malawi
Equinet Publication

The objective of this study was to describe the current status of continued professional development (CPD) of healthcare personnel within the Ministry of Health (MoH) health centres in Blantyre, Malawi. It concludes that healthcare professionals in Blantyre's DHO zone are using mostly clinical hand-over meetings, seminars and workshops for their CPD. There is need to improve access to relevant professional journals. The regulatory or licensing boards for healthcare professional in Malawi should seriously consider mandatory CPD credits for re-registration.

Addressing bottlenecks to local production of medicines: Issues for international co-operation in East and Southern Africa
Mulumba M; Machemedze R: Journal of Health Diplomacy 1(3), 1-17, 2015

African countries are highly dependent on imported medicines and related products despite a stated policy intention in the African Union and regional bodies to develop local pharmaceutical production, which is expected to facilitate responsiveness to local health needs and has stated advantages for employment, skills retention, and foreign currency savings. Noting these policy intentions, this paper explores how the stated policy of local production in African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and East African Community (EAC) policies is being implemented and the bottlenecks to implementation. The paper examines the efforts made in selected countries to overcome these obstacles and the role of international and south-south co-operation. Drawing upon document reviews and key informant interviews, it presents case studies of Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe and their co-operation agreements with China and India. The study found limited evidence of operational co-operation, especially that which is based on south-south collaborations, despite the potential contribution of such collaborations to overcoming bottlenecks to local medicines production. Although the evidence from the case studies had limitations, the research suggests that a convergence of interests between countries in east and southern Africa and emerging economies on trade and investment cannot be assumed and that national and regional economic and social interests need to be actively negotiated to overcome identified bottlenecks. The authors thus recommend measures to strengthen the enabling policy, legal, trade and investment environments, to strengthen oversight and regulation of medicines, and to enhance technical and strategic capacities in the east and southern African region needed to support local production of medicines.

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, EQUINET, Harare, 2018

The Alternative Mining Indaba has been held annually since 2010 at the same time as the Mining Indaba to provide a platform for communities affected by mining to voice their concerns and be capacitated to fight for their rights. The theme for the 2018 AMI was: “Making Natural Resources Work for the People: Towards Just Legal, Policy and Institutional Reform”. This report presents information on a side session at the Indaba that aimed to raise and discuss the key public health challenges facing workers and communities in the extractive sector / mining in east and southern Africa, the strategies for responding to them, including proposals for harmonised regional health standards, and the proposals made by civil society to advance them.

Advancing the right to health in east and southern Africa
CEHURD: EQUINET Regional workshop report, Garuga Country Lake Resort, Entebbe, 30 August 2017

In 2015-2018, CEHURD, under the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) conducted a desk review of the implementation of constitutional provisions on the right to health in east and southern Africa. The objective of the workshop was to introduce the OPERA framework in the region, using evidence from Uganda. It aimed to 1. identify the main bottlenecks in implementing the right to health; 2. devise a common advocacy strategy that aims at removing the bottlenecks;. and 3 explore opportunities for applying this within the region. The workshop built on the previous validation of the Ugandan draft report on constitutional implementation of the right to health.

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