Equinet Africa

EQUINET, the Regional Network on Equity in Health in East and 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 in East and Southern Africa.

EQUINET is building a forum for dialogue, learning, sharing of information and experience and critical analysis. We do this to build knowledge and perspectives, shape effective strategies, strengthen our voice nationally, regionally and globally and to buiild 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 institutions in the region, has five cluster leads that co-ordinate major areas of work and has a secretariat at the Training and Research Support Centre Zimbabwe.



EQUINET Regional review meeting on health centre committees as a vehicle for social participation June 2017

In Community Working Group on Health in partnership with Training and Research Support Centre, University of Cape Town  School of Public Health, and the Lusaka District Health Management Team under the auspices of EQUINET held a regional review meeting on Health Centre Committees as a vehicle for social participation in health systems in East and Southern Africa on 20-22 June in Harare. The meeting was held as part of a programme to exchange experiences and information on the laws, roles, capacities, training and monitoring systems that are being applied to HCCs in the ESA region. The meeting discussed experiences with laws, policies, guidelines and constitutions on HCCs; shared experiences in using photo voice to enhance the role of HCCs; discussed current training materials and programmes for HCCs in the region and the strengthening of internal capacities of institutions working with HCCs through information exchange and skills inputs. The report will be made available on the EQUINET website.

Call for country participatory action research facilitators as participants in a programme to develop online PAR 

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 memvers 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 using the feedback form on the website at http://www.equinetafrica.org/content/equinet-feedback-form by July 7th 2017 with your name, organisation, country and email address for communication, and:

  1.  A 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).
  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 applicantsd who provide the full information above by last week of July. 

Research on essential health benefits in east and southern Africa

The essential health benefit (EHB) (sometimes termed core health services/ package) is a policy intervention used in the public sector to define and cost a platform of health services, to align disease specific programmes and take proven interventions to national scale. Seven east and southern African (ESA) countries -ie Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Zimbabwe - have introduced or updated EHBs in the 2000s. In 2016-7 EQUINEt is implementing through Ifakara Health Institute in co-operation with Training and Research Support Centre and selected countries a research programme to understand the role, facilitators and barriers to nation-wide application of the EHB in the resourcing, organisation and accountability on integrated services. The research is being implemented in Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia and aims to draw cross country learning with policy actors for input to national planning and regional policy dialogue through the ECSA Health Community on the motivations for and methods used in developing and costing EHBs, and the manner in which EHBs have been disseminated and used for pooling and allocating resources and commodities;  for integration of programmes; co-ordination of providers; and for monitoring and accountability on services. Please email the secretariat for further information. 


Latest Equinet Publications

Case study brief: Strengthening the capacities health centre committees as health advocates in Zimbabwe
CWGH; TARSC; EQUINET (2015 March)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Equity Watch 2014
Training and Research Support Centre; Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe (2015 March)
Themes:
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Zimbabwe
Case study brief: Communities shaping health centre committee roles and policy in Eastern Cape Province, South Africa,
EQUINET; Learning Network for Health and Human rights UCT; TARSC (2015 March)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services
Country
South Africa
Investigación-Acción Participativa En Sistemas De Salud: Una Guía De Métodos
Loewenson R; Laurell AC; Hogstedt C; D’Ambruoso L; Shroff Z (2015 March)
Themes:
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights
Country
International
Discussion paper 105: Annotated literature review and reflections from practice: Conceptual frameworks and strategies for research on global health diplomacy
Blouin C; Molenaar Neufeld B; Pearcey M (2015 March)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
International
PRA report: Community Strengthening for a People Centred Primary Health Care System: The Case of Cassa Banana Community in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights; Zimbabwe National Network or People living with HIV and AIDS; Training and Research Support Centre (2015 February)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion paper 104: Medicines production and procurement in east and southern Africa and the role of south-south co-operation
SEATINI, CEHURD (2014 November)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Annotated bibliography of e- platforms used in participatory and peer to peer exchange and learning
Loewenson T (2013 December)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
The Role of Health Committees in Equitable, People-centred Health Systems in the Southern and East African Region
Mdaka K; Haricharan H; London L (2014 November)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Participatory action research in people centred health systems: International Workshop Report, 4 October 2014
EQUINET; TARSC; ALAMES (2014 November)
Themes:
Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
International

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