Introduction

Theory of Change Behind EQUIST

EQUIST’s step-wise approach is based on the following theory of change.

  1. Identify and prioritise the targeted population through a careful situation analysis considering the country’s demographics, health and nutrition outcomes and the coverage of essential interventions;
  2. Prioritise the diseases, health and nutrition issues that are prevailing in a country and most specifically among a targeted population, to assess severity, scale and scope of their deprivation;
  3. Prioritise interventions that will address the major diseases, health and nutrition issues of the target population;
  4. Prioritise key bottlenecks hampering the effective coverage of these selected interventions and aggravating inequities between the least and most disadvantaged; set up the realistic and feasible frontiers that could be reached by overcoming these bottlenecks and reducing inequities;
  5. Prioritise drivers or causes of the bottlenecks resulting in inequity between the least and most disadvantaged
  6. Select strategies to address the causes of the bottlenecks and model a scenario to reduce inequity between the various groups
  7. Assess expected impacts and costs of the strategies, especially in terms of reducing the inequity between the least and most disadvantaged

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