Using Evidence to Reduce Health Inequalities in East and Southern Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa continues to deal with high morbidity and mortality rates related to health inequalities and diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. Many of the inequalities reflect deeper social and economic problems. They are also a sign of increasing marginalization of vulnerable groups, particularly women and children. This research project aims to support EQUINET to provide evidence that will help reduce these inequalities. Sharing evidence, encouraging uptake EQUINET, the Network for Equity in Health, will generate and use research that will help policymakers implement stronger health systems. This project will build on existing investments, consolidate research, and take the EQUINET network's strengths to scale. This project will support EQUINET to: -undertake applied research in key health areas -institutionalize evidence-based decision-making across the region -implement an organizational development process for its long-term sustainability About EQUINET For more than a decade, EQUINET has addressed health inequalities by building primary health care-based national health systems to provide quality and affordable essential services for all at the point of community delivery. It brings together people and institutions from academia, government, and civil society. EQUINET has focused the region's attention on equity issues. Its work has influenced the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community to include relevant indicators in its member state monitoring and evaluation framework. Essential health services EQUINET's research will address issues such as: -deploying front-line health workers to provide the essential primary care-level services -implementing constitutional provisions for the right to health to address health inequities -allocating resources to ensure essential health services in underserved areas -developing effective health sector responses to the growing crisis around urban inequalities Through this research, EQUINET will develop a more rigorous, institution-wide platform for producing and using health equity research across the region. Specifically, it will: -improve capacity among researchers and decision-makers with workshops, mentorship, and support for master's students -conduct outreach to engage local, regional, and national decision-makers -influence health in the health system and global policies in positive ways -increase EQUINET's long-term effectiveness and sustainability, making it a regional leader on these issues

Project ID

107247

Project status

Active

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Sue GODT

Total funding

CA$ 1,161,900

Country(s)

South of Sahara, United Kingdom, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa

Project Leader

Dr. Rene Loewenson

Institution

Training and Research Support Centre Limited

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Project Leader

Masuma Mamdani

Institution

The Registered Trustees of Ifakara Health Institute

Institution Country

Tanzania

Institution Website

http://www.ihi.or.tz

Project Leader

Moses Mulumba

Institution

Center for Health Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) Limited by Guarantee

Institution Country

Uganda

Project Leader

Nancy Malema

Institution

University of Limpopo

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.ul.ac.za