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

Policy paper 2: Equity in health in Southern Africa: Overview and issues from an annotated bibliography
EQUINET Steering Committee (1998 May)
Equity in health
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 1: Can research fill the equity gap in Southern Africa?
Loewenson, R (1999 September)
Equity in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 7: Equity in health in Southern Africa: Turning values into practice
EQUINET Steering Committee (2000 September)
Values, policies and rights
Southern Africa Regional
Policy paper 8: An examination of public sector subsidies to the private health sector: A Zimbabwe case study
Mudyarabikwa, O; University of Zimbabwe Medical School (2000 September)
Resource allocation and health financing