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Workers on Wednesday: Healthworker retention in South Africa
SAFM, Workers World Media Productions, EQUINET

SAFM is the largest English language current affairs radio station in South Africa. In its 'Workers on Wednesday' slot the host, live studio guests and call-in audience discussed the reasons for migration of health workers - from rural to urban areas, from the public to the private sector, and from South Africa to other countries - and the effectiveness of incentives to retain health workers in the South African public sector.

Workshop on Health Policy analysis
University of Cape Town September 22 2009

The University of Cape Town is offering a pre conference workshop on September 22 2009 at the EQUINET Conference September 2009 to:
* Reflect on health policy analysis and its role in health system development
* Share experience in the use of health policy analysis to support policy development and implementation
* Share experience in teaching health policy analysis (in short course, post-graduate programmes etc)
* Develop shared ideas of how to strengthen this field of work in Africa.
This workshop is relevant to you if you seek to influence and shape health policy agendas; analyse or support the processes of health policy-making and implementation at any level of the health system; work as a health leader and want to develop your ideas about how to strengthen the implementation of policy, or teach others about health policy analysis.
The workshop will be interactive and based on the experience that those attending it wish to share. To register fill in the registration form available at giving the name of the workshop and email it to

Workshop report: Protecting health and equitable health services in the Economic Partnership Agreements in east and southern Africa, 18 and 18 September 2008, Munyonyo, Uganda
Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI); Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC), 2008

This workshop brought together civil society, parliamentarians, human rights commissions, trade and health ministries officials to review and deliberate on protection of health and access to health care services in the ongoing EPA negotiations, and particularly in the services negotiations. The meeting updated on current health and trade issues, including patenting laws and the EPA negotiations and more generally legal frameworks for ensuring protection of public health in trade agreements. Delegates reviewed a technical analysis report on the services negotiations in the Economic Partnership Agreements and developed positions to be advanced for the protection of public health in trade agreements and specifically negotiating positions on the services negotiations.

Writing about equity in health in east and southern Africa: A writing skills manual
Pointer R, Norden P, Loewenson R

The manual is intended for use by researchers in preparing papers, in writer’s training workshops; and will be updated in later editions with additional areas of writing skills. This edition of the manual is a guide to producing scientific reports, peer-reviewed articles, EQUINET policy and discussion papers, briefs and reports. It is intended for those involved in EQUINET and related research programmes to prepare papers for publication in reports, papers and in peer-reviewed, scientific journals; to communicate work on health equity; to understand and work with peer review processes; and to improve writing skills generally, including for meeting reports.

Writing skills for peer-reviewed journals: Regional skills workshop report
Training and Research Support Centre and EQUINET: September 2009

As part of its ongoing skills development programme, the Regional Network fort Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) has committed to developing the writing skills of health equity researchers in the region, particularly with regards to writing for peer-reviewed journals, as well as for improving writing skills on EQUINET discussion papers. This workshop took place as part of the post-conference activities of the EQUINET conference September 2009 on Reclaiming the Resources for Health. It was convened by Rebecca Pointer under the auspices of the Training and Research Support Centre. The workshop used the EQUINET writing skills raining manual found as its core resource material. It sought to equip researchers with a basic step-by-step approach to writing for peer-reviewed journals, and to approach scientific writing as a routine process. The participants were those working on publications in areas related to health equity from countries in east and southern Africa.

Zambia: The right to health and international trade agreements
Mabika AH, London L

This report prepared in capacity building programme analyses the relevant provisions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS) agreements with respect to the provision and accessibility of health services and essential medicines in Zambia.

Zimbabwe activities: CWGH@10 and launch of the EQUINET book

On October 23rd 2008 the Community Working group on Health (CWGH) held a national conference gathering district and national members, and an evening event in Harare, Zimbabwe to mark its tenth anniversary. Speakers from civil society, parliament, state and from the region reflected on the challenges to people centred health systems and the contribution of the CWGH. EQUINET joined in this event to present evidence on progress and challenges towards health equity in Zimbabwe and to launch the EQUINET book, "Reclaiming the Resources for Health". The delegates to the conference identified areas for follow up action to promote health equity, including advocating for the right to health to be included in the constitution, and a priority for resources to be directed to resotring the environments for health and to investments in primary health care.

Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights; Zimbabwe National Network or People living with HIV and AIDS; Training and Research Support Centre
PRA report: Community Strengthening for a People Centred Primary Health Care System: The Case of Cassa Banana Community in Zimbabwe

This report documents work undertaken in Cassa Banana Community from February – July 2014. The programme aimed to use Participatory Reflection and Action (PRA) methodologies in working with members of Cassa Banana to work with a representation of community members and health providers/authorities to explore and document the health challenges faced by the Casa Banana community and to formulate actions to solve these health challenges. The project also sought to support community action in demanding accountability from the relevant duty bearers in the formulation and delivery of health services, and to strengthen community/stakeholder engagement for the provision of people-centered Primary Health Care services to the Casa Banana community.