Training and Research Support Centre

Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC) provides training, research and support services to state and civil society organisations at national and international levels. TARSC is a learning and knowledge organization, with a particular focus on skills building, research and technical support and a commitment to long term capacity building in the public sector and in civil society.

Participatory Action Research TARSC with EQUINET, IDRC Canada and Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research has produced a methods reader on participatory action research (PAR) that draws on examples and experiences globally. The reader is available in English and in Spanish. In 2017 TARSC is implementing with Maldaba UK and institutions in EQUINETs pra4equity network a programme to build a web platform to implement cross country PAR work online. Interested persons should contact the Programme Coordinator, with ‘PAR web platform’ in the subject line at admin@tarsc.org and give full name and institution and how you would like to link on this work.

Promising primary care systems TARSC has led cross country research on promising practices in primary care as a key element of equitable health systems and primary health care. The reports on the learning from promising primary care practice in selected high and middle income countries can now be found in the publications bibliography with an overall technical synthesis produced of the learning.

Shaping Health: Social power and participation in health TARSC is leading cross country research on experiences of building social power and participation in local health systems in different countries globally. A conceptual framework paper and an annotated bibliography prepared in the project are available on this site. Short case studies have been produced from local health systems in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, India, Zambia and Vanuatu, summarised in a volume on these experiences. The Ecuador case study is also available in Spanish. Deeper scan country case studies have been produced from Brazil, Chile, Kenya, New Zealand, Scotland and Slovenia with a further volume summarising these experiences. Exchanges are underway on the findings from the work and a synthesis paper on the findings across the work will be available on the website as the project develops.

Global Health Diplomacy TARSC has co-ordinated an international programme exploring the role of global health diplomacy (GHD), including south –south diplomacy, in addressing selected key challenges to health and strengthening health systems working with institutions in EQUINET and has in 2016 and 2017 co-operated with SEATINI in EQUINET and with the ECSA Health Community to discuss the research findings and issues on the World Health Assembly agenda and build regional capacities in GHD. The research has also been published in a special issue of the Journal for Health Diplomacy on Africa.

Latest Activities

REGIONAL RESEARCH ON URBAN HEALTH EQUITY TARSC is implementing work exploring the approaches to and methods for addressing urban health equity applying a ‘wellbeing’ lens, and with a particular focus on youth. Interested persons should contact the Programme Coordinator with ‘Urban health equity’ at admin@tarsc.org and give full name and institution and how you would like to link on this work.

Latest TARSC Publications

Estudio de caso: El Distrito Metropolitano de Quito, Ecuador
(September 2017)
Types of work: General Research, Policy analysis
Areas of work: Community and Public health
Country: Ecuador
URL: Shaping health Estudio de caso DMQ Ecuador2017.pdf
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Latest EQUINET Publications

EQUINET Discussion paper 112: A case study of the Essential Health Care Package in Swaziland
Magagula SV (2017)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing
Country: Swaziland
URL: Swaziland EHB case study rep final2017pv.pdf
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EQUINET discussion paper 111: A case study of the role of an Essential Health Benefit in the delivery of integrated health services in Zambia
Luwabelwa M; Banda P; Palale M; Chama-Chiliba C (2017)
Themes: Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country: Zambia
URL: EHB Zambia Case study Report August 2017pv.pdf
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EQUINET Discussion paper 110: A case study of the Uganda National Minimum Healthcare Package
Kadowa I (2017)
Themes: Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country: Uganda
URL: EHB Uganda case study repAug2017pv.pdf
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EQUINET discussion paper 109: A case study of the Essential Health Benefit in Tanzania mainland
Todd G; Nswilla A; Kisanga O; Mamdani M (2017)
Themes: Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing
Country: Tanzania
URL: EHB Tanzania case study rep Aug2017pv.pdf
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Are Health Centre Committees a Vehicle for Social Participation in Health? Report on a Regional HCC Review Meeting, June 2017
CWGH; TARSC; UCT; LDHO (2017)
Themes: Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: Equinet HCC RegMtg Rep June2017.pdf
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Using Policy dialogue to Strengthen Health Centre Committees as a Vehicle for Social Participation in Health System in East and Southern Africa. Report of Policy dialogue workshop
Zambia Ministry of Health; Lusaka District Health Office; TALC, CWGH in EQUINET (2016)
Themes: Governance and participation in health
Country: Zambia
URL: EQ Zambia Policy dialogue meeting Rep2016.pdf
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Global Health Diplomacy and regional health standards in the extractive sector, Session Report, 10 April 2017,
ECSA Health Community; EQUINET (2017)
Themes: Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: GHD session report2017.pdf
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EQUINET Policy brief 42: Harmonising regional standards for extractive industry responsibilities for health in east and southern Africa
Loewenson R; Hinricher J; Papamichail A (2017)
Themes: Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Polbrief 42 Health in EIs.pdf
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Skills building on methods and tools for learning from action in participatory action research: Building action learning within affected actors and communities
Loewenson R; Flores W; Amaya A; London L; Koffa Kun K (2017)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country: International
URL: HSG PAR session on learning from action Rep2016.pdf
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Diss 108 Appendices for the report on Corporate responsibility for health in the extractive sector in East and Southern Africa
Loewenson R; Hinricher J; Papamichail A (2016)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Public-private mix, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EIs and health report APPENDICES Nov2016.pdf
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