The EQUINET June conference resolutions Reclaiming the State:Advancing Peoples Health, challenging Injustice are now available in Swahili, French, Portuguese and English.
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In October 2004, EQUINET and the Equi-TB programme Malawi hosted a regional meeting in Lilongwe Malawi to review options for monitoring equity and health systems issues in the current programmes to expand treatment access in the region. The meeting gathered government, academic, civil society, international and UN agencies and regional organisations from the SADC region. It aimed to propose a framework and follow up work to strengthen the monitoring of equity and health system issues in ART rollout at national and regional level. The meeting proposed that existing monitoring integrate key policy issues, three core indicators and thirteen shortlist indicators at local, national, regional and global level to track priority health systems and equity concerns.
The Regional meeting on Health systems strengthening for treatment access produced a set of guiding principles to inform approaches to treatment access. These are posted on the Equinet site as a discussion document for your comments.
Since 2003, EQUINET and the Health Systems Trust (HST) have implemented a longer term programme of work that has carried out a wider review of the literature on the distribution and migration of health personnel in the region and a regional research programme aimed at building analytic capacity, evidence and policy engagement around the issue.
The meeting was focused on ensuring universal treatment access through sustainable public health systems. The goal of the meeting was to develop resolutions on the principles for strengthening health systems for treatment access, and to develop potential areas for work for EQUINET related to EQUINET’s programme of work areas.
Since 2003, EQUINET and HST have implemented a longer term programme of work that has carried out a wider review of the literature on the distribution and migration of health personnel in the region and a regional research programme aimed at building analytic capacity, evidence and policy engagement around the issue. EQUINET and HST collaborated with a consortium of institutions in southern Africa and internationally, known as the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Network, in order to link this southern African programme of work with wider international work on the equitable distribution of health personnel in southern Africa. In January 2004 a call for research proposals was made within a framework set out from the literature and policy review. The proposals were reviewed and a number of these selected for participation in a regional meeting. Between 15 and 17 April 2004, the Health Systems Trust and EQUINET organised the regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, bringing together researchers and stakeholders from southern and western African, Canada, the UK, USA and Australia.
The 1997 Kasane meeting on Equity in Health that confirmed the commitment to equity in health at all levels in southern Africa; the 1999 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Health, the 2003 Maseru Declaration on HIV and AIDS and the resolutions of the SADC Heads of States Summit on food security held in Tanzania, 2004... To read more, please visit the Equinet website.
This summary document presents: The principles for ensuring universal treatment access through sustainable public health systems; The major findings and issues from the work carried out in southern Africa on equity in health sector responses to HIV and AIDS, particularly in terms of access to antiretroviral treatment; The key challenges for follow up work identified at the southern African regional meeting on Strengthening Health Systems for treatment access and equitable responses to HIV/AIDS, in Harare, Zimbabwe, February 2004.
It is six years since EQUINET was formed to support the Southern African Development community (SADC) in its commitment to secure equity in health. In those six years many challenges have been faced, much has been achieved and much remains to be done. This report from the EQUINET steering committee faces the future squarely in the eye. It details the opportunities for equity that lie in the region and highlights the obstacles to equity that we must confront. It offers a vision of health systems that serve equity. It presents a rallying call for those striving to work for justice hand in hand with the poor and marginalised.