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Training and Research Support Centre - TARSC

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

Health from whose lens? Shaping health participatory satellite session , Global Symposium for Health Systems Research (HSR2018), Liverpool, UK
(October 2018)
Types of work: Community Based Research, Information resources
Areas of work: Community and Public health
Country: Unknown Country
URL: HSG Shaping Health session photoreport 2018.pdf
Read more...

Latest EQUINET Publications

Mining and health: A Health Literacy Module
Loewenson, R; TARSC; EQUINET (2018)
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: HL module Mining and Health 2018.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Case study: Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda
Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) (2018)
Themes: Values, policies and rights
Country: Uganda
URL: CEHURD Constitutional Review Sep2018.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 115: Literature review: Strategies for recruitment and retention of skilled healthcare workers in remote rural areas
Malema NR, Muthelo L (2018)
Themes: Human resources for health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 115 HR ret litrev Sep 2018lfs.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 115: Literature review: Strategies for recruitment and retention of skilled healthcare workers in remote rural areas
Malema NR, Muthelo L (2018)
Themes: Human resources for health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 115 HR ret litrev Sep 2018.pdf
Read more...
Participatory meeting in Lusaka on health and wellbeing of urban youth, 26-27 June 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka District Health Office(LDHO); Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC); Civic Forum on Human Development (CFHD); EQUINET (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country: Zambia
URL: UH Lusaka Mtg Rep June2018 fw.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 114: Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas: How well do current data measure urban wellbeing in East and Southern Africa?
Loewenson R, Masotya M (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 114 wellbeing monitoring 2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...
Advancing the right to health in east and southern Africa Regional workshop report, Garuga Country Lake Resort, Entebbe, 30 August 2017
CEHURD; EQUINET (2017)
Themes: Values, policies and rights
Country: Uganda
URL: EQ CEHURD Reg Mtg Right to Health Aug2017.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Policy brief 43: The role of an essential health benefit in health systems in east and southern Africa
EQUINET, TARSC, IHI (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ policy brief 43 EHB 2018.pdf
Read more...
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 4: What did we learn from experiences and innovations in other countries to improve youth health and wellbeing? May 2018, TARSC, EQUINET,
Loewenson R; Masotya M; CFHD and Harare youth (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: Urban health Brief 4 May2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 3: What do Harare urban youth say? May 2018, TARSC, CFHD EQUINET, Harare
TARSC; CFHD; Harare youth (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, PAR work, Values, policies and rights, Governance and participation in health
Country: Zimbabwe
URL: Urban health Brief3 May2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...

LINKS

Links

Occupational health and safety

International Labour Organisation
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights.

HIV and AIDS

Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division
HEARD conducts research on the socio-economic aspects of public health, especially the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It is based in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but its operations are international in scope.

Community and Public Health and Health Equity

Ifakara Health Institute
IFAKRA is a non profit, independent, district based health research and resource centre, generating new knowledge and relevant information regarding priority problems in health systems at district, national and international level through research, training and service support aiming at better health and community development. IHRDC is an independent, non-profit foundation in Tanzania under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. The Centre�s headquarters are based at Ifakara town and it has liason offices in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro town and Rufiji.

HEPS Uganda
HEPS-Uganda is a Health Consumers Organisation advocating for health rights and responsibilities. The organisation is a coalition of health consumers, health advocates, health practitioners, CSOs and CBOs. HEPS is concerned about bottlenecks that hinder access to quality healthcare for the majority of Ugandans. The position of the organisation is that more preventive and curative means are necessary and that they should be designed from a health consumers perspective.

Centre for Health Policy, South Africa
The Centre for Health Policy (CHP) in South Africa is a multi-disciplinary health policy research unit based in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. CHP is recognised by the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) as the Research Group in Health Policy. CHP is an independent, multi-disciplinary research organisation that seeks to contribute to excellence in health policy and health economics research, and to be a critical participant in health policy processes.

Centre for Health and Social Science Research (CHESSORE)
CHESSORE is a non-profit, civil society organization formed to undertake applied research to guide and help improve implementation of public health policies in Zambia. Since then, CHESSORE has formed strong links with community structures and parliamentarians with a view to promote equity policies in the Zambian health system.

International Society for Equity in Health
ISEqH promotes equity in health and health services internationally through education, research, publication, communication and charitable support.

The Community Working Group on Health
The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) was formed in early 1998 to take up health issues of common concern. The approximately twenty-five organizations in the CWGH include national membership organizations that have branches across the country, whilst others have areas specific membership such (as the residents associations). The CWGH began in 1998 a programme of work to disseminate information to and organize civic group members in health. It has carried out various community meetings on health, discussed and prepared policy inputs on health issues and carried out advocacy on these issues

Children, youth and women

Womens Dignity Project
The Women's Dignity Project (WDP) was established to prevent and manage obstetric fistula, enhance the dignity and rights of those living with fistula, and promote gender and health equity. We mobilize action to address fistula and advocate for the health and rights of the poor, within a human rights framework.

Economic policies, food security and nutrition

SEATINI
SEATINI is an African initiative to strengthen Africa's capacity to take a more effective part in the emerging global trading system and to better manage the process of Globalization. SEATINI is based in Zimbabwe and has offices in other countries in east and southern Africa.

Southern African Regional Poverty Network
SARPN provides a facility for raising the level and quality of public debate on poverty across the Southern African Development Community.

Other

Fahamu
Fahamu is committed to serving the needs of organisations and social movements that aspire to progressive social change and that promote and protect human rights. We believe that civil society organisations have a critical role to play in defending human rights, and that information and communications technologies can and should be harnessed for that cause. We are committed to enabling civil society organisations to use the internet to promote social justice.

Training and Research Support Centre - TARSC

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

Health from whose lens? Shaping health participatory satellite session , Global Symposium for Health Systems Research (HSR2018), Liverpool, UK
(October 2018)
Types of work: Community Based Research, Information resources
Areas of work: Community and Public health
Country: Unknown Country
URL: HSG Shaping Health session photoreport 2018.pdf
Read more...

Latest EQUINET Publications

Mining and health: A Health Literacy Module
Loewenson, R; TARSC; EQUINET (2018)
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: HL module Mining and Health 2018.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Case study: Review of Constitutional Provisions on the Right to Health in Uganda
Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) (2018)
Themes: Values, policies and rights
Country: Uganda
URL: CEHURD Constitutional Review Sep2018.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 115: Literature review: Strategies for recruitment and retention of skilled healthcare workers in remote rural areas
Malema NR, Muthelo L (2018)
Themes: Human resources for health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 115 HR ret litrev Sep 2018lfs.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 115: Literature review: Strategies for recruitment and retention of skilled healthcare workers in remote rural areas
Malema NR, Muthelo L (2018)
Themes: Human resources for health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 115 HR ret litrev Sep 2018.pdf
Read more...
Participatory meeting in Lusaka on health and wellbeing of urban youth, 26-27 June 2018, Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka District Health Office(LDHO); Training and Research Support Centre (TARSC); Civic Forum on Human Development (CFHD); EQUINET (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, PAR work, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Equitable health services, Governance and participation in health
Country: Zambia
URL: UH Lusaka Mtg Rep June2018 fw.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Discussion paper 114: Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas: How well do current data measure urban wellbeing in East and Southern Africa?
Loewenson R, Masotya M (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Poverty and health, Governance and participation in health, Monitoring equity and research to policy
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ Diss 114 wellbeing monitoring 2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...
Advancing the right to health in east and southern Africa Regional workshop report, Garuga Country Lake Resort, Entebbe, 30 August 2017
CEHURD; EQUINET (2017)
Themes: Values, policies and rights
Country: Uganda
URL: EQ CEHURD Reg Mtg Right to Health Aug2017.pdf
Read more...
EQUINET Policy brief 43: The role of an essential health benefit in health systems in east and southern Africa
EQUINET, TARSC, IHI (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Values, policies and rights, Equitable health services
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: EQ policy brief 43 EHB 2018.pdf
Read more...
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 4: What did we learn from experiences and innovations in other countries to improve youth health and wellbeing? May 2018, TARSC, EQUINET,
Loewenson R; Masotya M; CFHD and Harare youth (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, Health equity in economic and trade policies, Governance and participation in health
Country: East and southern Africa region
URL: Urban health Brief 4 May2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...
Responding to inequalities in health in urban areas in east and southern Africa: Brief 3: What do Harare urban youth say? May 2018, TARSC, CFHD EQUINET, Harare
TARSC; CFHD; Harare youth (2018)
Themes: Equity in health, PAR work, Values, policies and rights, Governance and participation in health
Country: Zimbabwe
URL: Urban health Brief3 May2018 lfs.pdf
Read more...