Equity

Senior Researcher

Employer: 
Health Systems Trust
Closing Date: 
28 September 2012

Health Systems Trust is a dynamic, not-for-profit organisation that supports the development of an equitable and comprehensive health system for the provision of quality health care in South and southern Africa.

PURPOSE:
Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to appoint a Senior Researcher working from our Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban office. The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to manage research projects in line with the organisation’s goal of building an equitable, effective and efficient national health system in South Africa and the region. This is a one year, fixed-term contract position, renewable based on funding and performance.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Review of the Equity Watch work in East and Southern Africa

Published by: 
EQUINET

From 26-28 April 2012, EQUINET held a regional methods workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. It gathered the lead institutions of country teams in the Equity Watch work, the EQUINET steering committee, regional and international agencies and networks involved in work on health equity. The workshop aimed to: provide training on equity analysis and discuss future approaches to capacity building on equity analysis; review Equity Watch work at country level and the learning and implications from the work for future monitoring of health equity within countries; and review and discuss the draft regional Equity Watch and the follow up and dissemination.

Dimensions of gender equity in health in East and Southern Africa

Published by: 
EQUINET

This report was commissioned by the Regional Network for Equity in Health in East and Southern Africa (EQUINET). It highlights areas of concern for gender equity in health in East and Southern Africa (ESA), based on a review of published literature. The report provides examples of key areas of gender equity in health drawn from the literature. It raises dimensions of gender equity in health in relation to the contexts for and social determinants of health; in health outcomes; in health systems and options for acting on gender equity in health. The report does not provide a systematic analysis using household data and is not a comprehensive assessment of all dimensions of gender equity.

The Second Equity Gauge - Monitoring Fairness in Access to Basic Services Essential for Health

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The second Equity Gauge seeks to place the goal of equitable health care within a broader framework that links socio-economic disparities with health outcomes. This publication highlights the fact that people do not get sick at random and that health is intimately tied up with living and working conditions. In focusing on this interdependence of socio-economic determinants with health outcomes, the document also points to the relationship between health status and geographical, racial and gender-related issues.

How to Write a Research Proposal for Health Systems Trust

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
A project proposal is a written document which describes the project you are planning to do. The Health Systems Trust (HST) uses your proposal to decide whether or not to fund your project. Your proposal should therefore try to convince us that your project is worth doing, that you know how to do it, and that you are an appropriate person to be doing this research. You also need to convince us why and how the results will have a beneficial effect on health systems in South Africa.

The South African Health Review

Series Name: 
HST Update
Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The 1998 South African Health Review (SAHR) focuses on equity. Equity is a fundamental principle underlying transformation of our health system, and the Department of Healths White Paper on Transformation of the health system has a number of core objectives which are about equity.

Equity Gauge - Monitoring health reform progress in South Africa

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The decision to monitor equity in South Africa goes back to a meeting held in Manila during July 1997, supported by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which brought together a group of about 25 top level South African policy makers and managers with a similar contingent from a number of South East Asian countries. These countries were selected because of their experience in implementing over the past decade, far reaching efforts to establish more equitable national health systems. One of the most crucial discussions that occurred during this meeting focussed on the importance of being able to measure progress towards equity as prerequisite for countries becoming actively involved in placing equity in the forefront of their agenda. The aim of the Equity Gauge is to establish a set of benchmarks by which progress towards equity in health care provision can be monitored over time, and to facilitate its use and application.

The Equity Gauge

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
This Equity Gauge represents a partnership between legislators and the Health Systems Trust. It is designed to support national and provincial legislators in their policy monitoring role and specifically in monitoring the move towards equity in health and health care. Although there has been considerable progress towards equity since the first democratic elections in 1994, the picture painted in the Gauge is still bleak. Whilst the homelands no longer exist in any formal sense, their legacy remains, impacting harshly upon the lives of those who live in these areas. Whether equity in health and health care is measured by health status, by province, by race, or according to the urban/rural divide, it is almost exclusively, poor African people, whose lives are most impoverished by inequity in South Africa. The Gauge will be regularly revised. This will allow it to be updated and findings from new research to be incorporated. It will also enable progress and changes to be traced over time.