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.



ECSA Health Community and EQUINET Regional workshop on global health diplomacy April 2016

In 2012 EQUINET initiated a three year policy research programme working with government officials, researchers, diplomats and others in the ESA region on the role of  health diplomacy and international co-operation in health, including south –south diplomacy, in addressing selected key challenges to health and strengthening health systems. We aimed to use the evidence and learning to inform African policy actors and stakeholders within processes of health diplomacy. The work was done in association with the Strategic Initiative of Global Health Diplomacy co-ordinated by the East Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). The research reports and policy briefs have been produced and are included in the EQUINET publications on this website. A March 2015 workshop included senior officials 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. The workshop discussed the evidence from the EQUINET research and from research on GHD from other institutions with a particular focus on east and southern Africa and proposed areas for follow up policy, action and research, within ESA and through south-south collaboration. The meeting report is on this website. EQUINET is now taking forward the proposals from this meeting in association with a consortium of institutions in the region, and is working with the ECSA Health Community in its Strategic initiative on global health diplomacy to share evidence and analysis for key global processes, including in the forthcoming regional workshop on GHD hosted by the ECSA HC with EQUINET. 

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 will be implemented in four ESA countries 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

EQUINET Policy Brief 39: Enhancing local medicine production in east and Southern Africa
SEATINI; CEHURD; TARSC; CPTL (2014 September)
Themes:
Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Participatory action research in health systems: a methods reader
Loewenson R; Laurell AC; Hogstedt C; D’Ambruoso L; Shroff Z (2014 September)
Themes:
Equity in health, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
International
Policy brief 37: Health Centre Committees as a vehicle for social participation in health systems in east and southern Africa
TARSC, CWGH, Medico (2014 June)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Policy brief 38: Taking the WHO Global code of Practice on the International Recruitment of health Personnel in Africa from bottom drawer to negotiating table and action in Africa
U Limpopo, Mustang MC, ECSA, ACHEST, TARSC (2014 July)
Themes:
Human resources for health, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Policy brief 36: Increasing African agency in the design of Performance Based Financing
EQUINET, U Sheffield, et al (2014 July)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Discussion paper 102: African participation and partnership in performance-based financing: A case study in global health policy
Barnes A; Brown G; Harman S; et al., (2014 June)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
EQUINET Discussion paper 103: The engagement of east and southern African countries on the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel and its implementation’
Dambisya YM; N Malema; C Dulo; S Matinhure; P Kadama (2014 June)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Human resources for health, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Discussion paper 101: Health centre committees as a vehicle for social participation in health systems in east and southern Africa
Loewenson R; Machingura F; Kaim B; Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC); Rusike I (CWGH) (2014 May)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Strengthening health centre committees as a vehicle for social participation in health in east and southern Africa: Regional Meeting Report, Harare, Zimbabwe 30 January - 1 February 2014
EQUINET; TARSC; CWGH; Medico Int (2014 March)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Training Workshop on Participatory methods for a people centred health system, 7-10 October 2013
Training and Research Support Centre; COPASAH; EQUINET (2013 December)
Themes:
Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country
East and southern Africa region

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