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. An annotated bibliography prepared in the project is available on this site. Short case studies have been produced from local health systems in Australia, Canada, Ecuador, India, Zambia and Vanuatu and further country case studies are being produced, with exchanges underway on the findings from the work. Further reports from the case study work and analysis 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

Short case study report: Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador
(June 2017)
Types of work: General Research, Information resources
Areas of work: Community and Public health
Country: Ecuador
URL: Short Case study rep ECUADOR Jun2017.pdf
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Latest EQUINET Publications

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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Diss paper 108: 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: EQ Diss108 EIs and health2016.pdf
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EQUINET Policy Brief 41: Giving new momentum to strategies for retaining health workers
Dambisya Y (2016)
Themes: Human resources for health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Polbrief 41 HR.pdf
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EQUINET Information brief: Global emergency financing and health system strengthening
Brown G; Wills O; Loewenson R (2016)
Themes: Equitable health services, Resource allocation and health financing, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Emergency Funds brief 2016.pdf
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Global health diplomacy in east and southern Africa, Report of a Regional Meeting, 8-9 April 2016, Nairobi Kenya
ECSA HC; EQUINET (2016)
Themes: Values, policies and rights, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: Regional GHD meeting report2016.pdf
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EQUINET brief
EQUINET (2016)
Themes: Equity in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQUINET brief 2016.pdf
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