Equinet - The Network on Equity in Health in Southern Africa

Equinet is a network of research, civil society and health sector organisations. Equinet seeks to develop and widen the conceptual understanding of equity in health, Equinet identifies critical areas of work and policy issues and makes visible existing unfair and avoidable inequalities in health. Equinet's main aim is to build alliances leading to positive policies on health both the local and regional levels. This is achieved by disseminating information and stimulating an informed debate on equity in health in southern Africa.

Network for Equity in Health in Southern Africa

Equinet seeks to: * Develop and widen the conceptual understanding of equity in health and identify critical areas of work and policy issues in relation to equity in health. * Make visible existing unfair and avoidable inequalities in health.

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.

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.


Alpha Conference Centre, Midrand, South Africa
The Southern African network on Equity in Health - EQUINET - is a net- work of institutions in Southern Africa who aim to develop and widen the conceptual understanding of equity in health; gather and analyse information and carry out research to support scientific debates and policy decisions on equity in health in Southern Africa; engage stake- holders in the health sector from regional to community level and in- fluence policies and agendas on health at national and regional level in Southern Africa, including at Southern African Development Community (SADC) level.
In September 2000 EQUINET will be holding a Regional Conference on Equity in Health outside Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will gather people from research institutions, health policy makers and planners, health system managers, consumer groups and health profes- sional groups under the theme Building Alliances for Equity in Health.
The major theme areas for the conference will be:
* The status of equity in health in Southern Africa
* Macroeconomic policy and health
* Monitoring equity in health and triggers for planning
* Equity in resource allocation for health
* Equity in health service issues (human resources, private public sub- sidies, core services etc)
* Governance and participation in health systems
* AIDS and equity
* Building alliances for Equity in Health
The conference will include a mix of presentations on work and findings on equity in health in southern Africa, and interactive discussion on issues, policy and implementation proposals and research areas and methods arising. The working language of the conference will be Eng- lish. The conference aims also to outline future areas of work on equity in health in southern Africa and propose institutional mechanisms for tak- ing forward this work in Southern African, including through EQUINET. It also aims, through links with policy makers, media and internet to build an increased policy and public profile for equity in health in Southern Africa.
More information: rloewenson@healthnet.zw

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.