TARSC implements formal research and policy analysis, community based research, participatory action research and health systems research and has a research portfolio in health systems, occupational health, public health, HIV and AIDS, health equity, social security, food security and nutrition, gender equity, child and adolescent health and social development, reproductive health and various areas of social and economic progress. TARSC is secretariat for or provides support to international research networks, such as the East and southern African Regional Network on Equity in Health (EQUINET), where it also leads the work on the Equity Watch.

Research evidence to support equitable Health Systems

TARSC has co-ordinated research, policy analysis and dialogue with institutions in Europe, Latin America and in east and southern Africa, in the latter case working within EQUINET . In 2013 we reviewed options for domestic health financing of health systems, the direct and indirect costs of non communicable diseases, and equity analysis using health information systems. In 2014 we co-ordinated with Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care in the Rebuild consortium to explore institutional options for managing domestic health financing and resource allocation strategies to support universal health coverage (UHC). We analysed evidence on progress in equity in UHC. In Mozambique have worked with the Health Ministry in Tete Province to carry out a situation assessment on social determinants of health. We worked with a consortium of institutions in east and southern Africa on evidence on the role of global health diplomacy in strengthening health systems.

In 2014 TARSC worked with country teams in middle and high income countries to explore promising primary care practices and the lessons learned for improving health outcomes for the resources spent. The project produced a conceptual framework for the work, case studies from England, Canada, Netherlands and Chile and a technical paper and summary on the overall learning from promising primary care practices in high and middle income countries and their relevance for current reforms in the USA.

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Latest General Research publications

Propelling virtuous and breaking vicious cycles: Responding to health and climate risks for informal residents and workers in two areas of Zimbabwe
(March 2021)
Types of work: Community Based Research, General Research
Areas of work: Occupational health and safety, Community and Public health, Economic policies, food security and nutrition
Country: Zimbabwe
URL: ZIMINFO SynthesisRep March 2021.pdf

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