JLN at the Universal Health Coverage Forum

Tuesday 12/12/17 – Friday 12/15/17
Location: Tokyo, Japan

The JLN will host two side sessions at the Universal Health Coverage Forum in Tokyo, Japan.  


Accelerating UHC through Joint Learning: Celebrating UHC Progress with JLN Member Countries
December 12, 8am-9am

More and more countries are moving toward universal health coverage in a bid to bring access to health services to their people, especially the most vulnerable while walking the tightrope of limited budgets. However, a number of design and technical challenges constrain progress to achieving UHC, particularly in low and middle-income countries. A group of these countries, convened by the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), are making steady and remarkable progress toward their UHC goals through practitioner-to-practitioner learning and co-generation of actionable knowledge on how to implement UHC. Able to connect with their peers in other countries, JLN’s member countries are leveraging the JLN platform to bridge the knowledge gap between theory and practice and create tools to address real-world challenges, vital to accelerating progress toward UHC.

Session Highlights:

  • Welcome and Introduction to the JLN: Rozita Hussein, JLN Convener and Senior Deputy Director, Planning Division, Malaysia Ministry of Health
  • "Our UHC Journey with the JLN" - a conversation with JLN country members:
    Lydia Dsane-Selby, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana
    Rozita Hussein, Senior Deputy Director, Planning Division, Ministry of Health, Malaysia
    John Ryu, Health Insurance Review and Assessment Services, South Korea
    Dana Hovig, Director of Integrated Delivery, Gates Foundation
    Moderated by Somil Nagpal, Senior Health Specialist, World Bank
  • Q&A session

The session will also include the launch of the Toolkit for Medical Audit Systems, a new JLN resource co-produced by Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, and the Philippines in collaboration with South Korea's Health Insurance Review and Assessment Services. 


Impacting Advances in UHC through Global Linking and Learning
December 15, 8am-9am

The road to UHC is complex and often unchartered for policymakers and practitioners trying to navigate their country’s context of UHC landscape and challenges. The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is emerging as a potent platform for cross-sharing of knowledge across countries at different points in their journey toward UHC. Its country-led model for practitioner-to-practitioner learning focusing on the how-tos of implementing reforms has a distinctive hold in the global UHC landscape. Over the past couple of years, the network has significantly expanded its membership and technical topics for co-learning, driven entirely by country demand. Come and hear from member countries what’s making the JLN work for them, the overarching model of JLN and how it is contributing to the global move toward UHC through actionable knowledge.

Session Highlights:

  • Opening remarks: Modupe Ogundimu, JLN Co-Convener, National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria
  • Introduction to JLN’s Joint Learning Approach: Lydia Dsane-Selby, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana
  • “Addressing UHC Challenges through Joint Learning" - Reflections and panel discussion with JLN countries and development partners:
    Adolfo Martínez Valle, Ministry of Health, Mexico
    Israel Pargas, Philhealth, The Philippines 
    Mideksa Adugna, Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
    Michael Myers, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation
    Moderated by Stefan Nachuk, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Q&A session

Please email jln@r4d.org with inquiries. While all speakers have been tentatively confirmed, registration is open to all interested participants. 

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