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.

In 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 epidemic we have under our newsletter work prepared information briefs that compile relevant evidence for the ESA region on COVID-19, its epidemiology, impact, prevention  and management. Please read past sheets on the website under EQUINET publications and subscribe if you would like to receive future sheets.  We welcome information from or relevant to the region to be included in the information briefs 



EQUINET workshop on health literacy for the mining and extractive sector, February 1 and 2 2020

MEETING REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE EQUINET WEBSITE . Most countries in east and southern Africa have rich deposits of a range of mineral reserves that are highly sought after in global trade. Extractive industries (EIs), largely multinationals from all regions of the world, extract these minerals, oil and gas from the earth through mining, dredging and quarrying. Countries in our region thus face a challenge to make and implement policy choices that link these natural resources to improved social and economic development, and to ensure that extraction processes do not harm health or environments.  TARSC as cluster lead of the “Equity Watch” work in EQUINET is working with trade union partners in SATUCC, Ex mineworkers in SAMA and civil society throigh Benchmarks SA  on health in the mining sector in east and southern African (ESA) countries, . We are held an EQUINET regional meeting on February 1 and 2 2020 in Cape Town South before the Alternative Mining Indaba to share health literacy information on Mining and health, distribute the health literacy module on Mining and health, and share other materials and experiences in our ongoing programmes and advocacy on mining and health in the region. The health literacy module is available on this website. The workshop involved trade union, ex mineworker, civil society  and academia and consolidated an Extractives and Health Group (EHG) for an alliance on follow up actions on shared priorities, If you are interested in the EHG please contact us at admin [at] equinetafrica.org (subject: MINING%20AND%20HEALTH%20WORKSHOP) (EQUINET secretariat )

Desk review on “Public-private partnerships in the health sector- what implications for East and Southern African countries

Call now closed

This desk review of public private partnerships (PPPs) in the health sector (health services) in east and southern African countries is being commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). The paper aims to inform public sector professionals, policy makers, civil society and parliamentarians on the health sector and health equity impacts of PPPs in health services in the countries of east and southern Africa. It will cover the full spectrum of services provided in the health sector, viz promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative. The countries covered are Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia. 

The paper will identify from online sources and public domain documents for the above ESA countries:

  1. the different types of PPPs, the countries and socio-economic features of the areas where they operate and the PPP characteristics.

  2. the contextual (socio-economic, regulatory, governance and contracting) issues relevant to their implementation, and

  3. their role in health financing and service delivered; their equity, governance and management  implications.  

It will draw conclusions on the distribution of health sector and health equity risks and benefits in PPPs in the ESA region and make recommendations on issues for policy attention and for social advocacy to address these consequences. The work on the paper is now underway.    


Latest Equinet Publications

First announcement: EQUINET Regional Conference, Uganda, September 23-25 2009
EQUINET (2008 July)
Themes:
Equity in health
Country
Discussion Paper 62: Incentives for health worker retention in Kenya: An assessment of current practice
Ndetei, DM; Khasakhala, L; Omolo, JO; Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF); Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), Kenya (2008 July)
Themes:
Human resources for health
Country
Kenya
Editoriais do Boletim da“EQUINET Newsletter”, Janeiro 2007 – Maio 2008
EQUINET, TARSC (2008 July)
Themes:
Equity in health
Country
East and southern Africa region
Discussion paper 64: Exploring the concept of power in the implementation of South Africa's new community health worker policies: A case study from a rural sub-district
Lehmann, U; Matwa, P; School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape (2007 April)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights, Human resources for health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country
South Africa
Discussion Paper 60: Progress towards the Abuja target for government spending on health care in East and Southern Africa
Govender, V; McIntyre, D; Loewenson, R; Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town; TARSC (2008 April)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
East and southern Africa region
Discussion Paper 63: A review of Kenyan, Ugandan and Tanzanian public health law relevant to equity in health
Kasimbazi, E; Moses, M; Loewenson, R; The Faculty of Law, Makerere University; TARSC (2008 May)
Themes:
Values, policies and rights
Country
East Africa regional
Discussion Paper 59: Building strategies for sustainability and equity of prepayment schemes in Uganda: Bridging the gaps
Kyomugisha, EL; Buregyeya, E; Ekirapa, E; Mugisha, JF; Bazeyo, W; School of Public Health, Makerere University; Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care, Kampala, Uganda (2008 April)
Themes:
Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Uganda
Discussion Paper 58: Assessment of equity in the uptake of anti-retrovirals in Malawi
Muula, AS; Kataika, E; Department of Community Health and College of Medicine, University of Malawi (2008 April)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing, Equity and HIV/AIDS
Country
Malawi
PRA report: Community action for health in ‘Ontevrede’ community
University of Namibia; Ontevrede community (2008 April)
Themes:
Governance and participation in health
Country
Zimbabwe
Discussion Paper 57: Removal of user fees at Primary Health Care facilities in Zambia: A study of the effects on utilisation and quality of care
Masiye, F; Chitah, BM; Chanda, P; Simeo, F; Department of Economics, University of Zambia (2008 March)
Themes:
Resource allocation and health financing
Country
Zambia

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