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Enabling universal and equitable access to healthcare for vulnerable people in poor resource settings

Objective

Healthcare can be neither universal nor equitable if it is less accessible to some sections of society than it is to others. EquitAble’s focus on activity limitations brings recent thinking on disability, public health and health policy together to provide data that is crucial to enable universal and equitable access to healthcare in resource poor settings. EquitAble is a four-year collaborative research programme comprised of both leading and upcoming researchers, from two European and four African countries. Each of the African partner countries represent distinct challenges in terms of equitable access to health care in contexts where a large proportion of the population has been displaced (Sudan); where the population is highly dispersed (Namibia); where chronic poverty and high disease burden compete for meagre resources (Malawi); and where, despite relative wealth, universal and equitable access to health care is yet to be attained (South Africa). Documentary analysis of international and country-level health policy will identify health policy aspirations and challenges; along with opportunities for alignment and harmonisation, between different stakeholders. Intensive qualitative interviews and case studies, along with behavioural observations will explore the experiences of healthcare users, non-users and providers, and feed into the development of a household survey instrument. The extensive quantitative household survey will allow us to test models of access to healthcare, taking into account how the relationship between activity limitations and healthcare access is mediated by, or interacts with, cultural, contextual and systems variables. These work packages will constitute a much needed evidence base for health policy and practice in resource poor areas. EquitAble also goes beyond the provision of information and addresses how to ensure that research evidence affects policy and practice; both within the EU and Africa.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/public and environmental health

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-SICA - Collaborative project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries (SICA)

Coordinator

THE PROVOST, FELLOWS, FOUNDATION SCHOLARS & THE OTHER MEMBERS OF BOARD OF THE COLLEGE OF THE HOLY & UNDIVIDED TRINITY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH NEAR DUBLIN
Address
College Green
2 Dublin
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 841 944,83
Administrative Contact
Deirdre Savage (Ms.)

Participants (7)

AHFAD UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN
Sudan
EU contribution
€ 239 833,80
Address
Arda Street
Omdurman
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gasim Badri (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI
Malawi
EU contribution
€ 144 364
Address
-
- Zomba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Alister Munthali (Dr.)
HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA

Participation ended

South Africa
EU contribution
€ 11 935,39
Address
Pretorius Street 134
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Audrey Ohlson (Ms.)
SECRETARIAT OF THE AFRICAN DECADE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 62 406
Address
Burg Street 8
8000 Cape Town
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kudakwashe Dube (Mr.)
STELLENBOSCH UNIVERSITY
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 596 536,98
Address
Victoria Street Administration B Building
7600 Stellenbosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Leslie Swartz (Prof.)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Norway
EU contribution
€ 498 131
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Solfrid Sørensen (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA
Namibia
EU contribution
€ 259 791
Address
Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue 340
9000 Windhoek
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gert Van Rooy (Mr.)