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Call for applicants for student research grants on equity in health
Call Closes On September 31 2005

This briefing describes the programme of student research grants in EQUINET and invites applicants for the third round of grants. The Regional Network for Equity in Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) promotes policies for equity in health across a range of priority theme areas (See www.equinetafrica.org) EQUINET has over the years, organized its work in various theme areas, including: economic and trade policy and health; human rights, governance and participation, equity in health sector responses to HIV/AIDS, human resources for health; monitoring and surveillance and others. Within these areas of work EQUINET aims to identify, recruit and build capacity and analysis. After a successful pilot initiative in 2003 in co-operation with the Malawi Health Equity Network member in the EQUINET steering committee, EQUINET has now launched a programme of student research support that provides small research grants for students at college or university in various programmes in east and southern Africa.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31075
Call for applicants for student research grants on equity in health, November 2004
Equinet Secretariat Briefing November 2004: Call Closes On November 31 2004

This call invites applicants for the second round of student research grants.

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) promotes policies for equity in health across a range of priority theme areas (See www.equinetafrica.org) EQUINET has over the years, organized its work in various theme areas, including: economic and trade policy and health; human rights, governance and participation, equity in health sector responses to HIV/AIDS, human resources for health; monitoring and surveillance and others. Within these areas of work EQUINET aims to identify, recruit and build capacity and analysis. EQUINET is now implementing a programme of student research support that provides small research grants for students at college or university in various programmes in east and southern Africa. The programme will support student research applicants who propose projects in areas of research relevant to EQUINETs priority areas of theme work, and who provide evidence of supervision from expertise in these areas.

This second round of the EQUINET student research grant programme (SRGP) is being implemented in November 2004. EQUINET will award a number of small grants to post graduate students and undergraduate students in East and Southern Africa for research proposals in the areas of
- Equity in Human Resources for Health
- Equity issues in food security and nutrition
- Equity in health sector responses to HIV/AIDS and treatment access
- Using health rights as a tool for equity in health
- Health equity in economic and trade policies
- Fair financing in health
- Governance and community participation in health
- Understanding and analyzing policy processes

The grants are for students to carry out supervised, small research projects in the course of their studies and are set at a maximum of $750. Applicants are requested to provide brief information in 2-3 pages on

- The name, institution, course and year of study of the student
- The name, department and institution and contact email/fax for the proposed supervisor for the study
- The theme area of the proposal
- The hypothesis, research question or research objective(s)
- The methods to be used, and indicators / (quantitative, qualitative information) to be collected and the intended analyses to be carried out
- The time frames and budget

The application should be supported by a letter of commitment from a supervisor who is a professional working in the relevant area of the study in an institution in east and southern Africa. Preference will be given to supervisors who have worked in EQUINET programmes and activities so this should be made note of in the letter. The grants will be open to all EQUINET members, undergraduate and postgraduate students, students from all disciplines. Applications should be submitted to admin@equinetafrica.org with STUDENT GRANTS in the subject line or by fax to 263-4-737220 by November 31 2004.

The selection of grants will be made on the basis of relevance of subject area and quality of proposal but with some attention to ensuring equity in the distribution of grants across countries in the region. Applications in French or Portuguese will be considered.

EQUINET web based resources, newsletter and expertise in the theme areas will be available to the students. The reports of the research projects will be made available on the EQUINET website. Publication from the research is encouraged, with acknowledgement of the support from EQUINET. EQUINET will also have the right to use the research in its theme work and will encourage the students participation in future EQUINET activities and information exchange.

Focal points for queries on this programme are Dr R Loewenson and G Musuka at the EQUINET Secretariat (TARSC) and Dr A Muula at the Malawi College of Medicine/ Malawi Health Equity Network. Please send queries through admin@equinetafrica.org)

Call for applicants for two small country level research grants on resource allocation for equity in health
Call Closes On 21 April 2006

EQUINET through the Health Economics Unit University of Cape Town, Cape Town South Africa invites applicants for two small research grants (of £1500 each) to undertake small-scale country level case studies on the implementation of equitable resource allocation. Applicants should come from countries that are currently implementing health care resource allocation based on a needs-based resource allocation formula or similar approach.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31428
Call for Applicants: Analysis of Gender equity in health in east and southern Africa
Call closes June 30 2011

EQUINET is commissioning and calling for applicants to prepare, through desk review of existing data and literature on the east and southern African region, a situation report on gender related dimensions of equity in health, and the policy measures and options for addressing gender inequalities. Specifically the report will provide evidence, data and analysis on priority dimensions of gender equity in health in east and southern Africa within the context of the overall framework of progress markers for equity in health defined by EQUINET. The gender equity analysis will be expected to broadly provide
1. Evidence on and an analysis of trends over the past decade (2001-2011) (drawing on available secondary data) in terms of gender-related inequalities in health (including in access to social determinants of health and health systems) in East and southern Africa, and identify gaps in addressing these inequalities.
2. An overview of key priorities, policy options and specific measures for improving gender equity in health, drawing on evidence from policy analysis and evaluation, analysis of trends related to gender inequalities and case studies
3. A discussion of the implications of (1) and (2) above for the organisation and financing of health systems and the allocation of resources to and within health systems.
Applications should be emailed by 5:00pm June 30 2011 to admin@equinetafrica.org with GENDER EQUITY in the subject line and must include information as in the longer version on the website.

Further details: /newsletter/id/36071
Call for Applicants: Country studies on food security and nutrition programmes in East and Southern Africa
Call closes April 3 2006

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET) and the Health Systems Research Unit of Medical Research Council (MRC), South Africa invite interested individuals/groups to apply for grants to prepare commissioned country case studies on existing food security and nutrition programmes in the region that demonstrate good practice in health systems promotion of food sovereignty and equity.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31302
Call for applicants: Desk review on "Public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector- what implications for equity in east and southern Africa"
Deadline for Applications: 9 March 2020

This is a call for a desk review of public private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector (health services) in east and southern African countries commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). The paper aims to inform public sector professionals, policy makers, civil society and parliamentarians on the health sector and health equity impacts of PPPs in health services in the countries of east and southern Africa. It will cover the full spectrum of services provided in the health sector, viz promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative in East and Southern African countries.. The paper will be drafted, reviewed and final version produced between March and end July 2020. EQUINET will organise internal and external review. The commissioned author will be paid a gross fee of US$6000 for the paper. See the website for further detail.

Call for applicants: Health sensitive trade policy

EQUINET invites middle to senior policymakers, academics and civil society members working in areas of trade and / or health from countries in East and Southern Africa to participate in a capacity building and research programme on trade and health.

Call for applicants: Health Sensitive Trade Policy
Call Closes On January 15 2005

EQUINET invites middle to senior policymakers, academics and civil society members working in areas of trade and / or health from countries in East and Southern Africa to participate in a capacity building and research programme on trade and health, i.e. to
* Participate in country-level training on trade and health to be held between January and March 2005
* In country level teams, to undertake and report on national assessments of trade and health, supported by technical and financial resources, between March and June 2005
* Review the country level assessments at a regional meeting in mid 2005
* Make recommendations on follow up of the programme

Call for applicants: Review of district health systems facilitators and barriers to participation in health
Call closes March 20 2006

The Regional Network for Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET) EQUINET is inviting interested people to apply for a grant to prepare a commissioned paper on district health systems facilitators and barriers to community participation in health. The commissioned author will review and analyse literature and secondary evidence to present evidence and analysis of the current situation with regard to community voice and roles at district level; how district planning, decision making, financing and budgeting, resource allocation, programme implementation enable or block such participation, and how districts articulate and represent community interests at national level. It is hoped that the paper will present positive case studies of community representation and district facilitation of community voice at national level.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31312
Call for Applicants: Student Research Grants on Equity in Health
Grant application date extended

Call Closes On March 20 2006
The Regional Network for Equity in Health in Southern Africa (EQUINET) promotes policies for equity in health across a range of priority theme areas (See www.equinetafrica.org). EQUINET invites applicants for small research grants for post graduate and undergraduate students in East and Southern Africa. Students are encouraged to submit focused proposals that look at a specific issue and either organise secondary evidence or gather empirical evidence in one of the priority areas of EQUINET work listed below.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31301

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