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Conference report: Third EQUINET regional conference
EQUINET: December 2009

The third EQUINET regional conference was held in September 2009 and brought together parliamentarians, professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials, health workers and international agency personnel. It provided an opportunity to exchange across areas of work on different dimensions of health equity in east and southern Africa. The conference theme, ‘Reclaiming the Resources for Health: Building Universal People Centred Health Systems in East and Southern Africa’ was chosen to share experience and evidence on alternatives through which: poor people claim a fairer share of national resources to improve their health; a larger share of global and national resources are invested in redistributive health systems, to overcome the impoverishing effects of ill health; and countries in east and southern Africa (ESA) claim and obtain a more just return from the global economy, to increase the resources for health. The report follows the abstract book, also available on the EQUINET website, and provides the proceedings of the conference.

Contributions of Global Health Diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa
EQUINET Regional research workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa March 13-14 2015

This workshop is being held to discuss the evidence from research in EQUINET and related research with a particular focus on east and southern Africa (ESA) on global health diplomacy. It will present and discuss the findings from the EQUINET research programme and from related research in Africa, and the implications for policy, negotiations and programmes in east and southern Africa; review methods and challenges for implementing research and analysis on global health diplomacy for policy relevance, from review of research and experience of the work; and discuss and propose areas for follow up policy, action and research, within ESA and through south-south collaboration. The reports of the EQUINET research are on the website

Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa
EQUINET: Harare, July 2015

Do global health platforms provide meaningful opportunities to advance equitable health systems and population health in east and southern Africa? What factors have supported effective negotiation of African policy goals on health systems within international and global health diplomacy? This brief outlines, with hyperlinks to the relevant reports, the findings and proposals for follow up policy review, action and research from a three year EQUINET led policy research programme with government officials, technical institutions, civil society and other stakeholders and in association with the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA –HC). The first two pages provide the broad findings, proposed actions and research agenda. Subsequent text presents the findings and proposals from the specific themes investigated in the programme.

Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa, Report of a Regional Research Workshop
TARSC, CPTL: EQUINET, 4-5 June 2012

The meeting held June 4-5 in South Africa was organised by Training and Research Support Centre and Centre for Trade Policy and Law for EQUINET in dialogue with the Strategic Initiative of Global Health Diplomacy co-ordinated by the East Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community. It was supported by IDRC (Canada). The workshop was held to gather the lead institutions of the research teams for the three case study areas, together with resource people from policy, technical, international agency and research communities to discuss and further develop the three case studies and their links to policy processes on global health diplomacy. The case studies are on implementation of the WHO Code on international Recruitment of health personnel: access to essential drugs through south- south relationships with China, Brazil and India; and involvement of African actors in global health governance on universal access to prevention and treatment for HIV and AIDS. Publications in these areas have been included in the searchable annotated bibliography database on the EQUINET website and materials arising from the work will be posted to this website.

Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa, Report of a Regional Research Workshop, 13-14 March 2015, Johannesburg South Africa
EQUINET, TARSC, CPTL; EQUINET, Harare, 2015

This report presents the proceedings of a meeting held on March 13 and 14 a regional meeting was convened with objectives to
i. Present and discuss the findings from the EQUINET research programme and from related research in Africa, and the implications for policy, negotiations and programmes in east and southern Africa;
ii. Review methods and challenges for implementing research and analysis on global health diplomacy for policy relevance, from review of research and experience of the work;
iii. Discuss and propose areas for follow up policy, action and research, within ESA and through south-south collaboration. It included senior officials involved in health from national and regional organisations, health diplomats, researchers from the EQUINET work and others working on health diplomacy and on south-south co-operation in the region and internationally.

Contributions of global health diplomacy to equitable health systems in east and southern Africa, Report of a Regional Research Workshop, 13-14 March 2015, Johannesburg South Africa
EQUINET; TARSC; CPTL: 2015

This report presents the proceedings of a meeting held on March 13 and 14 a regional meeting was convened with objectives to i. Present and discuss the findings from the EQUINET research programme and from related research in Africa, and the implications for policy, negotiations and programmes in east and southern Africa; ii. Review methods and challenges for implementing research and analysis on global health diplomacy for policy relevance, from review of research and experience of the work; iii. Discuss and propose areas for follow up policy, action and research, within ESA and through south-south collaboration. It included senior officials involved in health from national and regional organisations, health diplomats, researchers from the EQUINET work and others working on health diplomacy and on south-south co-operation in the region and internationally.

Country health equity analysis: Malawi
Banda HTR, Bongololo G, Ng'ombe J, Makwiza I (2007)

This report explores the health equity issues in Malawi, as a country equity analysis and contribution to the regional picture. It explores the current equity situation in Malawi through a review of literature and a meeting of local institutions, and proposes areas of focus for future work. It addresses the potential to promote equity in health through a strong network of equity actors whose voice would advocate for equitable access to basic quality health care in Malawi.

Country participatory action research facilitators as participants in a programme to develop online PAR
Call for applicants: Call closes July 7 2017

In 2017 EQUINET (through TARSC working with Maldaba a web design company) is developing a web platform for participatory action research (PAR) that would allow us to connect across countries on areas of local community level work and action on areas of health, health determinants and health systems that have wider regional and global relevance or relate to global policies being applied across our countries. In doing this we are building a new tool that will allow us to share, discuss, analyse and design actions across countries in the same way we have done so using PAR at local level, that we can use in future for many purposes. TARSC has opened a call for people with experience of PAR working in east and southern Africa who may be interested in being involved in this process. We will be taking forward the web platform for PAR between July 2017 and December 2019 working with eight sites and health workers and community members in a primary care facility in the site. We will be exploring how disease programme or funding targets such as for performance based financing are affecting health workers professionals roles and team work; health workers relationships with communities and the ability to deliver comprehensive primary health care. We invite people to apply to join the programme as country PAR facilitators. To participate in this programme we invite people who work in an organisation/ programme in a country in an east and southern African country; have had some exposure to PAR approaches; have access to internet; have ongoing work or interaction with at least one primary care centre and with the health workers and community members in it, such as through health centre committees, health literacy or other programmes; have primary care level services that are implementing some form of target driven funding or service delivery, such as in performance based financing or specific disease programmes, and are available for the activities, in the time frames and for the duration noted in the process above. If you are interested please email EQUINET at admin@equinetafrica.org by July 7th 2017 with your name, organisation, country and email address for communication, and: (1) list of any prior training received on PAR, with the course, institution providing the course and year; (2) A list of any PAR work you have implemented, with a line for each on what it was about and the year; (3) Confirmation that you have direct access to internet and what it costs you for a one hour session (if provided institutionally through your organisation please indicate this). (4) The name, location and urban/ rural location of a primary care centre that you regularly interact with, including with the health workers and community members, and whether the health workers and / or community members at this centre have access to the internet (not essential but useful). (5) The form of target driven funding or service delivery being implemented at the primary care service, (ie. performance based financing or specific disease programmes specify for what) and (6) Confirmation that you are available for the activities, in the time frames and for the duration noted in the process above. We will provide feedback to applicants who provide the full information above by last week of July.

Crossing sectors - Experiences in intersectoral action, public policy and health
Public Health Agency of Canada/Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH)/EQUINET Africa, 2007

This paper represents the first phase of a Canadian initiative on intersectoral action for health and provides an overview of approaches to intersectoral action at the global, sub-regional, national, sub-national, and community levels. It is intended to contribute to the World Health Organisation’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and is the result of collaboration between EQUINET, the Health Systems Knowledge Network of the Commission on SDH and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Experiences documented by academics, policy-makers and practitioners in more than 15 countries are examined in an attempt to improve understanding of questions relating to: the types of problems addressed through intersectoral action (IA); the conditions that shape horizontal and interjurisdictional collaboration; tools, mechanisms and approaches to support IA; and roles played by the health sector and other actors.

Descriptive study of debates on health equity matters in the Zimbabwean National Legislative Assembly
Equinet Publication

A descriptive study of debates on health and health equity matters in the Zimbabwean National Assembly was conducted to identify key issues raised, the positions taken within the key areas of parliamentary functions, legislative, budgetary oversight, policy oversight and representation. The work also tracked how issues were responded to in parliament, and how they were followed through by parliament. The research drew information from recordings of parliament in the Hansards.

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