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 


Various resources, reading materials, videos, will be made available here within a fortnight of the timing of sessions for RPHU participants to read and for wider access in and beyond the region. We will also make available after the RPHU sessions with consent of the presenters video clips of presentations (only) during the RPHU sessions. Please click on or paste the url supplied into your browser to access the resource.  (If it doesnt work when you click on it please copy and paste the link in your browser- it will work!)  These materials are made available under fair use for non-commercial educational purposes. For RPHU particpants the resources in bold and marked with a star are those you are asked to please read or watch before or during the week of the sessions, while others may be read later. 

29 July

Week 1 Introduction and overview

1. EQUINET brief*  https://tinyurl.com/37mk4kwx
2. PHM Charter for Health*  https://tinyurl.com/8j8ev4bz
3. EQUINET website https://www.equinetafrica.org/
4. PHM website https://phmovement.org/
5. RPHU programme* https://www.equinetafrica.org/rphu/rphu-programme 
6. Research that supports Health Equity https://tinyurl.com/ynjyjp9y
7. Report of the 4th People's Health Assembly https://tinyurl.com/puduek88
8. Reclaiming the Resources for Health https://tinyurl.com/4rc3z2ym
9. Global Health Watch reports https://phmovement.org/global-health-watch/

2-6 August
Week 2: Political economy and reclaiming resources for health

  • Watch the panel discusion with Dr Firoze Manji and Professor Patrick Bond moderated by Dr Rene Loewenson at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-JL54PU3bg    
  • Watch the presentations  from participants of experiences in the ESA region  (Botswana and Uganda) of health in an extractive neoliberalism  at https://youtu.be/LTxKYfurUiQ 
  • David van Wyk, Benchmarks Foundation presents a case study of mining in South Africa, watch at https://youtu.be/IrsBvhT1Dng 
  • Mariam Mayet, African Centre for Biodiversity analyses the political economy of ecological resources and gene technology in malaria, watch at  https://youtu.be/Ip-eFJvRFm8   

  1. Inequality's deadly toll- CanCOVID push science to finally address the issue?* www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-021-00943-x/index.html
  2. The disposession of African wealth at the cost of African health* www.equinetafrica.org/sites/default/files/uploads/documents/DIS30trade.pdf 
  3. Alternative Mining Indaba: Struggles on mining in the time of COVID* https://tinyurl.com/4r2krnrc 
  4. Resource curse or fair benefit: Protecting health in the extractive sector in ESA* https://tinyurl.com/4nsw9nyw
  5. Multiple shocks hitting the African continent*  https://tinyurl.com/ywuaxvvr
  6. Engaging globally with how to achieve healthy societies* https://gh.bmj.com/content/6/4/e005257.fulll
  7. Interviews with Firoze Manji on learnings on COVID-19  https://tinyurl.com/54nw33e5
  8. Gene drives, second generation GM technology and Africa https://tinyurl.com/34v4xrxt
  9. Voices from CSOs and farmer-led organisations in Africa https://tinyurl.com/4nd7azvr
  10. How farmer input subsidy programmes lock smallholder farmers into industrial agriculture www.acbio.org.za/why-farmers-find-fisp-problematic-part-1-4-videos 
  11. Abolitionist Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Pandemic  https://tinyurl.com/3j37ce8z 
  12. EQUINET series on trends in water, mining, biodiversity climate in the region  https://tinyurl.com/2362mvp9
  13. In, against, beyond, corona https://tinyurl.com/r55a4trr
  14. EQUINET series and briefs on COVID  https://tinyurl.com/r55a4trr
  15. P Bond lectures on political economy, watch at https://vimeo.com/507299140  and  https://vimeo.com/507322521
  16. Deep medicine and how capitalism primes us for sickness  www.democracynow.org/2021/8/2/inflamed_rupa_marya_raj_patel_interview

16-20 August
Week 3: Ideas of health and wellbeing, SDH and reclaiming comprehensive public health

  1. The Contribution Of Civil Society Engagement To The Achievement Of Health For All* https://tinyurl.com/scx8kc8y
  2. A conceptual framework for action on the social determinants of health. Social Determinants of Health* https://tinyurl.com/94b5d7eb
  3. Wheels of the bus go round and round: racism in women’s health organization* https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjgh/2020/10/26/wheels-of-the-bus-go-round-and-ro...
  4. DAWN Informs on PPPs*  https://dawnnet.org/publication/dawn-informs-on-ppps/
  5. Inter-sectoral co-financing: Financing across sectors for universal health coverage in sub-Saharan Africa*  https://tinyurl.com/6vp6ctvk 
  6. Planetary health: from concept to decisive action  https://tinyurl.com/4zjvsh3j 
  7. Social determinants of health: the role of effective communication in the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries https://tinyurl.com/u7jv5e8s
  8. Bridging the health inequality gap: an examination of South Africa’s social innovation in health landscape https://tinyurl.com/3bmk4fsb 
  9. Mental health in Africa  https://tinyurl.com/244wzbzd 
  10. Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health  https://tinyurl.com/3d3x95uj
  11. Moving towards health in all policies: a compilation of experience from Africa, South-East Asia and the Western Pacific https://tinyurl.com/4rdmt3pc
  12. When Women’s Spaces Don’t Deliver! https://tinyurl.com/58bs6pjp 
  13. Women Activists speak about COVID-19 in Nairobi  https://tinyurl.com/yhxn6nkk 
  14. A Spotlight on Adolescent Girls and Young Women  https://tinyurl.com/tj5py9hx 
  15. A Simplified Handbook on Economic and Social Rights for Community Advocates  https://tinyurl.com/yztd5bm8
  16. Kampala initiative Report on areas of work  https://tinyurl.com/4nkdc6nf 
  17. Risky business: position paper on the promotion of public-private partnerships in healthcare  https://tinyurl.com/836rksca 
  18. Technical brief: Co-financing for development synergies https://tinyurl.com/42864r2t 
  19. The economics of social determinants of health and health inequalities: a resource book. Chapter 2 https://tinyurl.com/7pr2f8uz

30 August-3 September
Week 4: Health systems and Comprehensive primary health care (PHC)

  • Watch Vera Scott (UWC and PHMSA) on  What is meant by a health system?  https://youtu.be/GgeMr27gOPg
  • Listen to Melanie Alperstein (PHMSA) on  Comprehensive Primary Health Care for social justice and equitable Health for All https://youtu.be/yD08ZLJXiGc
  • Watch Louis Reynolds (PHMSA and UCT)on Social participation and intersectoral action in health and health in all policy  https://youtu.be/Q6MtOnOnwBQ
  • Listen to Approaches to Universal health coverage and equity: Uganda's approach by Denis Bukena, CEHURD and PHM Uganda and South Africa’s approach through National Health Insurance by Louis Reynolds, PHMSA https://youtu.be/jVOxicu0Vfs

  1. Alma Ata Declaration*  https://www.who.int/publications/almaata_declaration_en.pdf
  2. Alternative Civil Society Astana Statement on Primary Health Care*  https://tinyurl.com/xzwmm5tu
  3. The politics of Primary health care*  https://tinyurl.com/t6ruu5zw
  4. African Civil Society Statement on Universal Health Coverage*  https://tinyurl.com/3b2jntymw
  5. From PHC to UHC:  1 step forwards, 2 steps back*  https://tinyurl.com/2jyrmfx4
  6. Strong Public Health Care to Contain the Global Corona Pandemic* https://tinyurl.com/fbj6nas5
  7. Can the NHI achieve Health for All?  https://tinyurl.com/3rd8pmra
  8. Uganda case study on UHC
  9. Reclaiming Comprehensive public health https://gh.bmj.com/content/5/9/e003886
  10. How does target-driven funding affect comprehensive primary health care in east and southern Africa? https://tinyurl.com/2yxasa3d
  11. Primary Health Care Revolution www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3OkKWjHrAU
  12. Reflections on the NHI Campaign  https://tinyurl.com/ampc9h9a
  13. PHM Kenya study on a people centered UHC https://phmovement.org/phm-kenya-study-on-a-people-centered-univeral-hea... 

13-15 September
Week 5a: Power, values, rights, law and reclaiming collective agency

  • Watch Eunice Awino, Centre for Women Empowerment in Technology on Gender Equity and sexual and gender-based violence in the Covid-19 Pandemic in Kenya https://youtu.be/Vu9wx7h0ci8
  • Peninah Khisa, Regional Coordinator for PHM ESA presenting on Power, values, norms and rights in health equity https://youtu.be/WNkCN9C6CZs
  • Ravi  Ram PHM presenting on Power, values, rights and collective agency in health equity https://youtu.be/Mv1RwBQOpCo

  1. How can gender equity be addressed through health systems* https://tinyurl.com/kkrud8xv
  2. The social determinants of health, health equity, and human rights* https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-3xcA3Pe-shNgUUI0Tx7UyB8zBfiaWrI/view?u...
  3. Gender equality in health* https://www.paho.org/hq/dmdocuments/2010/Gender-equality-in-health-EN.pdf
  4. From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19* https://tinyurl.com/hdxpna9t

15-16 September
Week 5b: Power, values, rights, law and reclaiming collective agency

  • Watch Mulumba Moses, Executive Director CEHURD and EQUINET SC:  Presentation on the right to health in national constitutions and laws and its implementation in the ESA region https://youtu.be/EEZnVteQF_M

  1. EQUINET Discussion paper 118: Comparative review: Implementation of constitutional provisions on the right to healthcare in Kenya and Uganda* https://tinyurl.com/mpkzwfke
  2. EQUINET Case study: Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda* https://tinyurl.com/wc64svb8
  3. Rights in a Pandemic: Lockdowns, rights and lessons from HIV in the early response to COVID-19* https://tinyurl.com/yyakmrvc 

27 September-1 October
Week 6: Commodification, privatization in health and reclaiming the state

  1. The Pandemic COVID-19 and profiteering*  https://tinyurl.com/3jb3xyfw
  2. EQUINET Diss paper 99: Legislation on the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa* https://tinyurl.com/n69kr6uw 
  3. SEATINI petitions court over public private partnership law* https://tinyurl.com/87mkkyb 
  4. Civil society expresses concerns that the WHO could be encouraging the commercialisation and privatisation of healthcare amidst the COVID-19 crisis https://tinyurl.com/4wbbyvt9 
  5. The Impact of Reliance on Private Sector Health Services on the Right to Health https://tinyurl.com/z43fucc 
  6. Human rights and privatisation in the health sector https://tinyurl.com/nwke8c2x  
  7. Achieving Equity in Health.  Are Public Private Partnerships the Solution? https://tinyurl.com/nwke8c2x 
  8. Failing to reach the poorest. Assessment of the World Bank Funded Uganda Reproductive Health Voucher Project https://tinyurl.com/r2hk7r2b 
  9. EQUINET Diss paper 77: Commercialisation of health and capital flows in east and southern Africa: Issues and implications https://tinyurl.com/tct866wm 
  10. Civil Society sues Government over the International Specialized Hospital, Lubowa. https://tinyurl.com/nwke8c2x 

4-8 October
Week 7: Equity in health technology

  • Leslie London, UCT/EQUINET, PHM discusses implications of recent developments regarding TRIPs and the WHO global strategy on Public health for the region and the right to health https://youtu.be/JG7z5iyLLtk
  • Rangarirai Machemedze, SEATINI/EQUINET gives an overview of World Trade Organisation agreements and the factors affecting access to health technologies in the region https://youtu.be/WVmvedL8Hsg
  • Leslie London, UCT/EQUINET, PHM looks at the case for progressing local production of essential health technologies in the  region https://youtu.be/YMFyuqpAQ0c
  • Rangarirai Machemedze, SEATINI/EQUINET shares case studies of local production in the ESA region https://youtu.be/KkDdwcVQ9EM  

  1. Report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines: Promoting innovation and access to health technologies* http://www.unsgaccessmeds.org/final-report/
  2. EQUINET, ECSA brief: Securing COVID-19 related diagnostics, health technology, medicines and vaccines for African public health* https://tinyurl.com/23uthwtx
  3. Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting* https://tinyurl.com/5xvr4pp4
  4. Medicines production and procurement in ESA and the role of south- south co-operation, EQUINET Diss paper 104* https://tinyurl.com/934r9cz2
  5. WTO | intellectual property (TRIPS) - TRIPS and public health https://tinyurl.com/4vsfj583
  6. Programme review of Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. https://tinyurl.com/hs5rzw4z
  7. Interview with Riaz Tayob, SEATINI https://tinyurl.com/zyn7fbvz
  8. Vaccine production in South Africa: how an industry in its infancy can be developed https://tinyurl.com/242d5amx
  9. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Plan for Africa: Business Plan https://tinyurl.com/ym735ppt
  10. East African Community regional pharmaceutical manufacturing plan of action 2012-2016. https://tinyurl.com/2kcxyt75
  11. SADC pharmaceutical business plan: 2007-2013, SADC Secretariat, Gaborone https://tinyurl.com/2fdjy93k

10-15 October
Week 8: Social participation and organising activism for health

  • Watch Damaris Kiewiets, University of Western Cape on Social Participation in health  https://youtu.be/OdfBygPOy84
  • Pelagia Nziramwoyo, CFYDDI Uganda, EQUINET shares experiences from Uganda on social participation in health equity during the pandemic https://youtu.be/WH1UuF3E_oI

  1. Building empowered communities for health: A film on health literacy and participatory approaches to health in Zambia* https://vimeo.com/72914294
  2. Health Committee Training manual (pages49-54)* https://tinyurl.com/3p29kpj6
  3. EQUINET Diss paper 101: Health centre committees as a vehicle for social participation in health systems in ESA* https://tinyurl.com/ysb8d8b3
  4. 'We are subjects, not objects in health’: Communities taking action on COVID-19* https://tinyurl.com/wtm8sxe2
  5. Case Study: Lusaka district health office, Zambia https://tinyurl.com/druwexa8
  6. Experiences of social power and participation in local health system https://tinyurl.com/5eupmkaj
  7. Facilitator’s Health Committee Training manual  https://tinyurl.com/5csvn34c
  8. PAR in health systems: A methods reader  https://tinyurl.com/nh9x2ent
  9. EQUINET Participatory Methods toolkit: Organising People’s Power for Health https://tinyurl.com/hmkcf8h7

25-29 October
Week 9: Building a movement for health equity

  1. PHM Manual Building a Movement for Health https://tinyurl.com/94rxv9xh
  2. How to Engage in Building the Right to Health Movement www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5X0LfiP_yU
  3. C19 Coalition material https://c19peoplescoalition.org.za/
  4. Global health activists’ lessons on building social movements and capacity of society to advocate for health https://tinyurl.com/6u2xpt78

8-12 November
Week 10: Recap, evaluation and future steps