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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…[ Read More ]

Global Recognition for the JLN at the UHC Forum in Tokyo

By JLN Network Coordinator
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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…[ Read More ]

Devex: 5 Ways to Make Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage

By Rozita Halina Tun Hussein, Amanda Folsom, Dr. Somil Nagpal
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[This opinion piece was originally published on In this op-ed, JLN Convener Rozita Halina Tun Hussein, World Bank Health Specialist Somil Nagpal, and JLN Network Coordinator Lead Amanda Folsom share five key insights that JLN member countries have learned about making universal health coverage a reality in their respective…[ Read More ]

Country Progress and Leadership Shine in Seoul Ahead of UHC Forum

By JLN Network Coordinator
December 8, 2017
A week ahead of the 2017 UHC Forum, the JLN community of countries joined partners in Korea to celebrate the country’s 40th year anniversary of its national health insurance system. Close to 100 UHC implementers from 15 countries gathered in Seoul, with representatives from Korea’s National Health Insurance Service (NHIS), Health…[ Read More ]

A New Toolkit for Medical Audit Practitioners: Ensuring Quality Across Health Systems

By Bhavesh Jain, ACCESS Health International
December 1, 2017 Thumbnail
Medical audit systems are crucial to improving the quality of patient care and making efficiency gains in health care systems. But many countries struggle with the complexities of establishing or strengthening their medical audit schemes. The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), in collaboration with South Korea’s Health…[ Read More ]
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Perspectives on engaging non-state actors in governing the quality of health care

By Dr. Leizel Lagrada-Rombaua
May 23, 2017
Non-state actors’ participation and contribution in delivering health care is widely acknowledged (WHO). They provide healthcare, produce health products and technologies, train health workers and provide health insurance or other financing mechanisms. Their growing size and importance in the health system, particularly in governing the quality of care, calls for effective…

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JLN Countries Embark on New Learning: Stakeholder Communications for UHC

By Sydney Taylor
May 17, 2017
Effective communications and stakeholder engagement are critical to universal health coverage (UHC) reform efforts – a challenge that has been repeatedly cited by the policymakers and practitioners from JLN’s member countries. Even when strong technical designs for policy initiatives exist, consistent and systematic inclusive communications and feedback loops are needed…

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Seventh In-Person Meeting of the JLN Steering Group Held in Washington DC

By JLN Communications Team
May 16, 2017
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) Steering Group held its first in-person meeting after its expansion on April 24 – 25th, 2017, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. Members from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nigeria, Philippines, South Korea and Vietnam joined in…

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A New Monitoring Toolkit Empowers Countries to Track Provider Payment Systems

By Chelsea Taylor (R4D), Caren Althauser (PATH), Alice Ogink (Pharmaccess)
April 20, 2017
Achieving universal health coverage—ensuring access to basic health services for an entire population without risk of financial hardship or impoverishment—is a challenge confronting many countries. To sustain progress toward universal health coverage (UHC), governments must generate resources for expanding coverage, distribute the resources equitably, and use them efficiently to achieve…

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Making Budgets Work Better to Sustain Progress Towards UHC

By Cheryl Cashin, R4D and Joe Kutzin, WHO
April 8, 2017
Public funds are central to making progress toward UHC.  But the practicalities of how budget allocations are made and funds actually flow to frontline health providers are often ignored.  What is the country’s process for deciding on budget allocations for health, and does this process ensure funding matches priorities?  How…

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Q&A: Liberia’s minister of health on lessons learned from the Ebola crisis

By Catherine Cheney - Devex
February 22, 2017 Thumbnail
“West Africa is sitting on a ticking time bomb,” Bernice Dahn, Liberia’s minister of health, said at an event last week. “Global Health: Next Decade, Next Generation” celebrated the 10th anniversary of the department of global health at the University of Washington, her alma mater. After her panel about pandemic disease…

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A blueprint to make healthcare delivery more transparent, accessible

By PT Jyothi Datta - The Hindu Business Line
February 22, 2017
It is being called the “Mumbai Declaration”. A pledge to prioritise healthcare and universal health coverage and has been taken up by a cross section of people involved with healthcare delivery. At the top of this list of objectives is to get the Centre to increase funds for healthcare from…

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We’ll Restore NHIS – Nana Addo

By Jonas Nyabor -
February 22, 2017
[Ghana] President Akufo-Addo says the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), is in a bad state, promising that his government will work to restore it. In spite of his assertion, he said the scheme remains one of the country’s major interventions to improving access to healthcare. “We have to be healthy…

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Global leaders meet in Sri Lanka to ‘reset’ migrant health agenda

By Joanne Lu - Humanosphere
February 22, 2017 Thumbnail
Global health leaders are gathering in Colombo, Sri Lanka, today to “reset the international agenda on migrant health.” Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the government of Sri Lanka, the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health brings together representatives from more than…

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EU Provides Critical Support to Health Systems Strengthening and Polio Eradication in Nigeria

By Polio Global Eradication Initiative
February 22, 2017
A €70 million EU grant will support polio eradication and efforts and health systems strengthening in Nigeria. At an event in Abuja on 16 February 2017, the Government of Nigeria and the European Union signed a historic partnership to support health systems and polio eradication efforts in the country. Attended…

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