Writing about equity in health in east and southern Africa: a writing skills manual

Writing about equity in health in east and southern Africa: a writing skills manual

Writing for equity in health

Equity in health implies addressing differences in health status that are unnecessary, unavoidable and unfair. Equity-motivated interventions seek to allocate resources preferentially to those with the lowest health status. This means understanding and influencing the redistribution of social and economic resources for equity-oriented interventions, and understanding and informing the power and ability people have to make choices over health inputs and to use these choices for better health. [adapted from author]

This manual is intended to help writers develop writing skills and the ability to produce  easily understood health information which can be disseminated to a diverse audience. This edition of the manual is a guide for producing scientific reports, peer-reviewed articles, EQUINET policy and discussion papers, briefs and reports.

The manual is made up of 7 modules including:

  • Preparing to write
  • Writing scientific papers
  • Computer skills to aid writers
  • Getting feedback and revising your drafts
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • Writing an EQUINET paper
  • Writing a EQUINET meeting report

Step by step guidelines are provided on the writing process including planning and structure and how to write specific sections of the paper such as: abstracts, executive summary, methodology, conclusion and how to get published.

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