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What Works in Regulating Private Primary Health Care? New Practical Guidance from Six JLN Countries

By Cicely Thomas, Emma Willerton, Dr. Kamaliah Noh, Jeanna Holtz
September 14, 2018 Thumbnail
Strong primary health care (PHC) is vital to equitably improve health outcomes and achieve universal health coverage (UHC). However, to make progress toward UHC, countries recognize that the public sector alone cannot provide all necessary services, including essential primary healthcare services, to everyone – and that the private sector is…[ Read More ]

The JLN Welcomes its Newest Member – China

By JLN Network Coordinator
July 30, 2018 Thumbnail
Last month, China officially became the 31st country to join the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). The application for its associate membership was approved earlier by the network’s Steering Group. China will be represented in the JLN by its National Health and Family Planning Commission, the overarching…[ Read More ]

15 Countries Launch a Guide for Using Data to Improve PHC

By Allyson English, Chloe Lanzara, Samuel Chukwuemeka Obasi, Khaleda Islam, Koku Awoonor-Williams, Isabel Maina, Kamaliah Noh
July 27, 2018 Thumbnail
The Primary Health Care (PHC) Measurement for Improvement collaborative has released Measuring the Performance of Primary Health Care: A Practical Guide for Translating Data into Improvement, a toolkit for practitioners, health system managers and policymakers to support better collection and use of PHC data to improve system performance. Developed in…[ Read More ]

Special Announcement: The JLN Enters Its Next Phase

By JLN Network Coordinator
July 26, 2018 Thumbnail
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is moving into its next phase of implementation with the launch of its vision and strategy for the next five years. The 2018-2022 strategy and vision underpin the JLN’s transition from a developing learning platform to an established community of practitioners…[ Read More ]

Ukraine to Overhaul Provider Payments Guided by JLN’s Costing Manual

By Olena Doroshenko and Lydia Ndebele, the World Bank
July 17, 2018 Thumbnail
Ukraine’s parliament passed a legislative package in October 2017 to provide citizens with full payment of health care services and medications as required in its health care guarantees program. As part of the forthcoming comprehensive health financing reforms, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health is implementing the use of Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRG)…[ Read More ]
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Aligning Health Financing with Primary Health Care: Sudan Turns to JLN Tool

By Dr. Eiman Hag, Dr. Ahmed Babiker, Bishnu Bahadur Thapa, Lydia Ndebele, Mohammed Alfatih Hassan Osman
July 16, 2018 Thumbnail
Ensuring delivery of primary health care (PHC) services for all is arguably the fastest and most efficient route to reaching universal health care (UHC), a goal that Sudan is firmly pursuing under the leadership of its committed government. The country’s National Health Sector Strategy prioritizes the implementation of PHC interventions…

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How to Effectively Communicate for UHC: Eight Countries Release a Practical Guide

By Dr. Nneka Orji-Achugo, Somto Mbelu, Dr. Leizel Lagrada, Betty Cox, Emma Willerton
June 14, 2018 Thumbnail
Universal health coverage (UHC) has become a unifying movement for global health reform. Today, public health officials in most low- and middle-income countries are designing and implementing strategies that aim to accelerate progress toward UHC and global compacts are in place to galvanize change. With all this momentum for change,…

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JLN Countries Share Governance Practices for Quality Care

By JLN Network Coordinator
June 11, 2018 Thumbnail
When it comes to universal health coverage (UHC), ensuring access and coverage to essential health services isn’t enough. When patients visit a doctor or receive emergency care, the quality of care matters for health outcomes.   To support learnings around quality, the USAID-funded Health Finance and Governance Project, in partnership…

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Vertical Integration as a Strategy to Address NCDs

By Paul Molloy, Aceso Global
May 22, 2018 Thumbnail
The rapid increase of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – including cancer, diabetes and heart disease – is a new and formidable challenge facing health systems around the world. Driven by aging populations and changing lifestyles, NCDs require health systems to treat patients in a fundamentally different way. Patients with NCDs need…

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Learning from Empanelment in Ghana

By Lina Stolyar, Ariadne Labs
May 18, 2018 Thumbnail
Empanelment, sometimes referred to as rostering, is a process that assigns responsibility for the delivery of promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative care for individuals and populations to specific health care facilities, teams or providers. Although elements of empanelment are implemented in health systems across the globe, there is no universally…

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Two New Collaboratives Under Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria

By JLN Network Coordinator
March 7, 2018
The Government of Nigeria hosted a three-day workshop in January 2018 to officially launch two technical collaboratives under the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria (NJLN) and provide an opportunity for states to engage in experience sharing and joint problem-solving around identified priority topics.   The NJLN, initiated…

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JLN Recognized as a UHC2030 Partner

By JLN Network Coordinator
February 14, 2018 Thumbnail
The close of 2017 saw a significant gathering of countries and development partners to galvanize the universal health coverage (UHC) movement of ensuring access to quality and affordable essential health services, medicines and vaccines for all. Convening at the UHC Forum, organized by UHC2030, World Bank, WHO, UNICEF and JICA…

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The JLN Welcomes Three New Countries, Marking 30 Members

By JLN Network Coordinator
January 17, 2018
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is pleased to announce three new members to the network: Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Lebanon and South Africa. Recognized for their commitment to pursuing universal health coverage for their citizens, the three new member countries will contribute their own unique knowledge…

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Joint Learning and Planning What’s Next for JLN’s PHC Initiative

By Emma Willerton and Cicely Thomas, Results for Development
January 4, 2018
The need to strengthen primary health care is gaining momentum with countries across the globe as they tackle a milieu of challenges with rising health costs, emergence of non-communicable diseases, and growing population demand. Members of the JLN’s Primary Health Care (PHC) technical initiative working together to co-develop the how-to’s…

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Global Recognition for the JLN at the UHC Forum in Tokyo

By JLN Network Coordinator
December 15, 2017 Thumbnail
Steering Group representatives from the JLN celebrated the progress of JLN member countries and shared the benefits of the joint learning approach toward health for all at this year's Universal Health Coverage Forum, a historic event to galvanize collective action toward universal health coverage and mark UHC Day, held December 12-15…

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