EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa, is a network of professionals, civil society members, policy makers, state officials and others within the region who have come together as an equity catalyst, to promote and realise shared values of equity and social justice in health.
EQUINET gathers people to overcome isolation, give voice and promote networking using bottom-up approaches built on shared values. We have come together in a spirit of self determination and collective self reliance working through existing government, civil society, research and other mechanisms and institutions i n the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and in southern and East Africa.
EQUINET is building a forum for dialogue, learning, sharing of information and experience and critical analysis. We do this to build knowledge and perspectiv es, shape effective strategies, strengthen our voice nationally, regionally and globally and our strategic alliances to influence policy, politics and practice towards health equity and social justice.
EQUINET's work covers a wide range of areas identified as priorities for health equity, within the political economy of health, health services and inputs to health, covered in the theme areas shown on this site. EQUINET is governed by a steering committee with representatives from fourteen institutions in southern Afr ica and is co-ordinated at the Training and Research Support Centre Zimbabwe.
Regional Equity Watch 2012: Assessing progress towards equity in health in East and Southern Africa
The 2012 Regional Equity Analysis is now available. The book can be downloaded in two parts on the EQUINET website. The 2012 Regional Equity Watch updates the 2007 EQUINET Regional analysis of equity in health, drawing on the Equity Watch framework developed by EQUINET in cooperation with the East, Central and Southern African Health Community and in consultation with WHO and UNICEF, with some modifications given its regional nature. The report provides evidence from 16 countries in East and Southern Africa, including more detailed evidence from the country Equity Watch reports, on: Policy, political and legal commitments to equity in health; The current situation with respect to equity in health outcomes; Economic opportunities and challenges for health equity; Household access to the resources for health and the social determinants of health; Challenging inequities through redistributive health systems and global (in)justice and the issues for global engagement. It includes brief outlines of approaches being taken within the region to advance equity that appear to be yielding progress, and reflects on the experience of implementing equity analysis at country and regional level. For further information or hardcopy orders please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Health Assembly 2013
The EQUINET steering committee will be present through University of Limpopo at the 2013 World Health Assembly. The 2013 Assembly will hear report on the implementation of the Code on the International Recruitment of Health Workers, one of the areas of focus in the current research programme on global health in EQUINET.
Review of health literacy in Zambia and Uganda April 2013
EQUINET held a regional meeting in Harare in April to review programmes on health literacy in Zambia and Uganda. Lusaka District Health Management Team, Ministry of Health Zambia and TARSC finalised in 2012 a Zambia Health Literacy manual with Cordaid support and Ministry has begun training health literacy facilitators in the provinces. In Uganda five civil society organisations (HEPS, CEHURD, AGHA, UNHCO and NAFOPHANU) have worked with TARSC to develop a Uganda Health Literacy manual and district level activities are now being implemented. The regional review meeting was held to review and share learning from the work to date.
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