Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and  Southern Africa (EQUINET) and People's Health Movement (PHM) 

East and Southern Africa Regional Peoples Health University
Theme: Past, present and future struggles for Health equity

29 July to 12 November 2021 

The first East and Southern Africa Regional People’s Health University (ESA RPHU) jointly convened by PHM and EQUINET was held virtually to build and share evidence, experience, analysis and knowledge on health equity to support regional co-operation and joint engagement, from local to global level, on shared priorities. 


The course has a 10 WEEK INTERACTIVE PROGRAMME in English covering key issues and actions to advance health equity in the ESA region.

It includes the political economy and social determinants of health and wellbeing, the organization of comprehensive public health, primary health care and health systems, commodification of health and equity in health technology, and the social power, rights and laws, organisation and activism that drive health equity. The course will integrate learning from COVID-19. 

The course is taking place in closed sessions for 30-40 course participants, with open access online dissemination of plenary presentations and RESOURCES.  We provide time between sessions for engagement and feedback from participant organisations on the issues raised, including on the follow up with EQUINET and PHM. 

Applications are closed. Please visit our RPHU programme/resources pages on this site

We received a great response from applicants based / working in the east and southern Africa region (Angola, Botswana, DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia) in state, non-state, community-based institutions involved in health-related work, from health and other sectors  and disciplines !

Applicants are activists working in or with organisations or networks that engage with grassroots communities and at district, national and /or international level and to have support from their organisations for their participation. Basic proficiency in English and an ability to connect online regularly using zoom with a smartphone/ipad/laptop/desktop is essential. We will give particular consideration to applicants under 35 years and with disabilities. 

Please note that filled application forms (whether the online application form or downloaded form here), received after the closing date on 25 June will not be included. Accepted applicants have been informed.

We are providing a range of resources on the RPHU Resource page incuding video clips covering presentations from the RPHU as the weeks progress thatwill be available for the wider regional community and we will also keep you informed on this page of key issues and areas of follow up action arising from the RPHU in November 2021. Please alsowatch the EQUINET home page for information on future online dialogues and courses in 2022. 

For further information or queries, please ESAfricaRPHU [at] (Contact us)