Building a global network for health equity
Influencing policy on a global scale demands a global effort. In 2011, three regional networks that focus on equity in health financing and delivery – LANET-EHS, SHIELD, and Equitap – joined efforts to launch the Global Network for Health Equity (GNHE). Through exchange, comparisons, and collaboration among regions, they are building a more solid evidence base for policy design, and increasing the collective impact of research on equitable financing and delivery.
According to Equitap leader Ravi Rannan-Eliya, the three networks have much in common: “Health systems in our regions may differ, but many of the equity issues and mechanisms are the same.” Given their common aims, the networks began discussions with IDRC on ways of joining forces to increase their effectiveness and reach. Through GNHE, says Dr Rannan-Eliya, “we now collaborate to magnify the impact of what we are doing, while also doing things that we can’t do as separate networks.”
IDRC is proud to support the growing base of Southern-led research that is influencing global and regional debates. The ultimate aim is to see countries choose their own appropriate and sustainable financing models for universal health coverage.
“(Through GNHE) we now collaborate to magnify the impact of what we are doing, while also doing things that we can’t do as separate networks.”
Equitap leader, and co-leader of the Global Network for Health Equity, Ravi Rannan-Eliya is a Fellow and Executive Director of Sri Lanka’s Institute for Health Policy.