Latest Equinet Updates

Call for applicants: Training and advocacy on trade and health **Call Closes 3 July**

SEATINI with TARSC under the EQUINET umbrella are carrying out work on the health and trade theme. This work involves skills building, research and information exchange on the effects of trade agreements on health. Within this programme SEATINI / TARSC in EQUINET will host a training workshop on policy engagement and advocacy to promote health in trade agreements in Bagamayo, Tanzania, 31 August 31 and 1 September 2007. The workshop will cover general issues of trade and health, and a deeper review of TRIPS and use of TRIPS flexibilities, the EU-ESA EPA, and health services liberalisation. It will include 2 people from each of the following countries: Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, one each from health and trade backgrounds. Interested applicants from Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda are asked to send in by July 3 2007 to the EQUINET secretariat and copy to

Further details: /newsletter/id/32366
Call for Expressions of Interest for Baseline Study on Managing the Migration of Human Resources for Health in Kenya: the Impact on Health Service Delivery

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Regional Network on Equity in Health in east and southern Africa (EQUINET), in co-operation with the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ECSA-HC) are calling for expressions of interest from researchers in Kenya to undertake a baseline study entitled Managing the Migration of Human Resources for Health in Kenya: the Impact on Health Service Delivery. This will be a detailed review and critical analysis on the impact of the migration of health workers on health service delivery. Further details are available on the EQUINET website.

Further details: /newsletter/id/32420
Call for expressions of interest: Work and skills development in health policy analysis
Call closes 24 November 2006

EQUINET and the Centre for Health Policy is inviting expressions of interest of work from individuals or organizations based in east and southern Africa who wish to become involved in a programme of capacity development of capacity in health policy analysis within the region, involving a programme of mentoring support for small scale research studies. Applicants should be able to demonstrate previous experience of health sector analysis or policy analysis, some experience of qualitative research and an enthusiasm for better understanding the forces shaping policy responses to equity concerns in the health sector.

Further details: /newsletter/id/31887
Call for papers: Journal of Health Diplomacy co-operation with EQUINET: Third issue on Africa, health and diplomacy
Call closes: 3 November 2014

The Journal of Health Diplomacy (JHD) is now receiving manuscripts for its third issue, titled: Africa, health and diplomacy. This issue is broadly concerned with the theory and practice of health diplomacy of African states, as a co-operation with the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). The issue will include invited and submitted manuscripts. To be considered for the latter, please submit your proposed manuscript to the Managing Editor at the email below by 3 November 2014. Manuscripts submitted to JHD will undergo a peer-review process, with referees selected for their particular knowledge/experience on the topic of the manuscript. Authors are asked to ensure that their identity is not revealed directly or indirectly on any page. Manuscripts that are being considered for publication elsewhere, or that have been previously published must not be submitted to the journal. A complete set of author guidelines is available at the website shown. JHD welcomes contributions from all academic disciplines, including international relations, political science, anthropology, sociology, history and geography. We are also interested in interdisciplinary perspectives that cross the boundaries between different theoretical fields and represent novel understandings of health diplomacy.

Call for participants: Second regional training Workshop on participatory methods for research and training for a people centred health system
The call closes on 15 December 2006.

This call invites applicants to participate and share experiences in a Regional Training Workshop for east and southern African countries on Participatory Methods for research and training for a people centred health system being held on 14-17 February 2007. TARSC and IHRDC under the EQUINET umbrella and with support from CHESSORE are carrying out capacity building on participatory reflection and action (PRA) methods for research and training for a people centred health system. The training aims to support work at national, district and local level with health systems and communities in health, with a major focus on the interactions at primary health care level. The 2007 training will focus on the relations between communities and frontline health workers. It will thus be targeted at researchers, health workers, academics, civil society organisations, NGOs, community leaders and workers and others who are involved in work with communities and health workers who are doing or involved in work on strengthening positive community - health worker interaction. Please see or send queries through

Further details: /newsletter/id/31839
CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS: Third regional training Workshop on Participatory methods for Strengthening community focused, primary health care orientated responses to prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS
TARSC, Ifakara, REACH Trust, EQUINET and Global Network of People living with HIV and AIDS

Call Closes On December 7, 2007!
This call invites applicants to participate and share experiences in a Regional Training Workshop for east and southern African countries on Participatory Methods for research and training for a people centred health system being held on February 27 to March 1st 2008.

Further details: /newsletter/id/32647
Call for participation: Regional training workshop on writing skills for scientific papers and peer-reviewed journals
TARSC/EQUINE, August 2007

The EQUINET Secretariat at Training and Research Support Centre with local hosts, REACH Trust (Malawi), invite personnel working on health equity in east and southern Africa to apply for participation for a capacity building workshop on “Writing scientific papers and peer reviewed journals” to be held in Lilongwe, Malawi from 20-24 October 2007. This workshop is designed to support capabilities for effective dissemination of research on health equity. The call closes on 3 September 2007.

Call for registration for and abstracts of research and practice
National Meeting on Equity in Health in Uganda, March 27 - 28, 2008 Kampala, Uganda

Call for registration for and abstracts of research and practice by January 29 2008.
The first National meeting on Equity in Health in Uganda will be hosted by the HEPS Uganda – Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development and Makerere University in co-operation with Regional Network on Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). The meeting will bring together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and others concerned with equity in health to exchange information and develop an agenda of follow up work to support health equity in Uganda. People interested in attending the Conference are invited to notify the organizing Committee and submit an abstract by January 29th preferably by email to and copy to or to HEPS-Uganda P.o Box 2426, Kampala.

Further details: /newsletter/id/32784
Can South Africa afford not to have a NHI?
McIntyre D: Health-e News, 22 August 2011

After much misinformation in the South African press about the proposed new National Health Insurance scheme, the author of this article restates the case for NHI. The proposed NHI is about achieving a universal health system, which means that everyone will enjoy financial protection from high health care costs and be able to access good health services when they really need them. To finance the scheme, government needs to increase public funding for health care to improve the efficiency of public health services and employ more staff in public health facilities – there are too few staff to cope with the current patient load. The government’s Green Paper on the NHI estimates that the scheme will cost about R125 billion in 2012, increasing to R256 billion in 2025. The author emphasises that this is the total amount of money needed for publicly funded health services, not extra funding. The government is already planning to spend over R112 billion in the 2011/12 financial year on the health system and has budgeted to spend over R120 billion in 2012/13. So, to move forward with the NHI, initially only a little extra funding is needed - about R5 billion in the first year. The gap for NHI funding could easily be funded by a relatively small health tax on personal income and a small payroll tax for employers, amounting to less than 2%. The author argues that, given that the richest 10% of the population has 51% of total income in South Africa, the idea of their cross-subsidising health care for the poor is perfectly equitable and affordable.

Capital flows through Medical Aid Societies in Zimbabwe’s health sector
Shamu S, Loewenson R, Machemedze R and Mabika A: EQUINET, May 2010

Medical aid societies (MAS) in Zimbabwe cover a tenth of the population, and about 80% of income to private health care providers in Zimbabwe comes from MAS. They contribute more than 20% of the country’s total health expenditure. This paper outlines the flows of private capital that lie behind the growth of the profit medical aid and insurance health care sector in Zimbabwe. It was implemented within the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET) by Training and Research Support Centre and SEATINI, in a regional programme co-ordinated by the Institute for Social and Economic Research, South Africa. The report proposes measures for improving the functioning of and equity in the sector and to address the current exposure of beneficiaries. Strengthening the regulatory environment will help to address legal ambiguities on investment of the industry’s ‘surplus’ funds, to ensure the multiple relevant laws from finance and health are known and applied by MAS/ insurance providers, and to fairly and firmly enforce the law. The sector should ensure timely scheme reporting as required by law and maintenance of a database with basic information on schemes, as well as registration of all schemes, avoiding increasing segmentation of the sector into small fragmented risk pools from individual schemes and encouraging (for example through enforcement of regulation on registration and liquidity requirements), mergers into larger and more viable risk pools. Regulatory and scheme policy measures should be introduced that require and implement cross-subsidies necessary for equity and ensuring benefits packages cover personal care and personal prevention services. Other measures include taking up the shortfalls in coverage of medicines on existing plans, checking the degree of vertical integration in each scheme and unbundling any monopolies across the sector that are limiting patient choice (e.g. paying only for selected linked services), and improving the outreach of consumer information on schemes, benefits packages and consumer rights to members and organisations servicing members (e.g. the labour movement and employer organisations).