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. The work is now underway in 2018 and is being implemented in primary care sites with communities and frontline health workers in six countries in east and southern Africa. 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 your query or comment.

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 is available in English and in Spanish. A ‘Shaping health’ website page will be available in April with all products of the research and the stories of change that reflect the key principles for working on social participation and power in health.

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

Construyendo poder y participación social en los sistemas locales de salud: Aprendiendo de la práctica
(December 2017)
Types of work: Community Based Research, Policy analysis, Information resources
Areas of work: Community and Public health, Equity in health
Country: Unknown Country
URL: Shaping health synthesis Spanish 2018.pdf
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Latest EQUINET Publications

EQUINET discussion paper 113: The role of an essential health benefit in health systems in east and southern Africa: Learning from regional research’
Loewenson R; Mamdani M; Todd G; Kadowa I; Nswilla A; Kisanga O; Luwabelwa M; Banda P; Palale M; Magagula S (2018)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services, Human resources for health, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 113 EHB synthesis 2018.pdf
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Advancing public health rights, claims and standards in mining, Report of a Side Session at the Alternative Mining Indaba, 6 February 2018, Cape Town South Africa
EQUINET; TARSC; SATUCC; Benchmarks Foundation; SADC CNGO (2018)
Themes: Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country: South Africa
URL: AMI side session on mining and health rep 2018.pdf
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The role of an essential health benefit in the delivery of integrated health services: Learning from practice in East and Southern Africa, Report of a regional research workshop, November 27-28 2017, Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.
EQUINET; Ifakara Health Institute; Training and Research Support Centre (2017)
Themes: Equitable health services, Public-private mix, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Regional EHB Mtg Rep Nov2017.pdf
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Brief: Strengthening health centre committees for people-centred health systems
EQUINET; CWGH; TARSC; LDHO; UCT (2017)
Themes: Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ HCC Brief Dec2017.pdf
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Resource curse or fair benefit: Protecting health in the extractive sector in east and southern Africa
EQUINET, TARSC, SATUCC, SADC CNGO (2017)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Health equity in economic and trade policies
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ EI civil society brief 2017.pdf
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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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