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The JLN Welcomes its Newest Members – Myanmar and Ukraine

By Elvira Felix
September 17, 2018 Thumbnail
JLN Welcomes New Members: Myanmar and Ukraine The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) welcomes Myanmar and Ukraine as its newest members, bringing the network’s total member countries to 33. Both Ukraine and Myanmar come on board with strong commitment from their governments to achieving universal health coverage…[ Read More ]

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 ]
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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…

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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)…

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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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Smart Health Purchasing: Interact with JLN Countries at UHC Financing Forum

By JLN Network Coordinator
April 18, 2018 Thumbnail
Purchasing the right mix of health care services is often a complex challenge for ministries of health. At this year's UHC Financing Forum, an annual conference hosted by the World Bank and USAID, JLN country practitioners from Kenya, Malaysia and Mongolia will discuss how to get health purchasing right for…

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JLN Kenya to Align with National UHC Agenda

By Dr. Kenneth Munge; Joseph Githinji; Esther Wabuge, JLN Kenya CCG Coordinator
March 30, 2018 Thumbnail
Kenya has marked 2018 with a national drive to realize universal health coverage (UHC). President Uhuru Kenyatta’s economic development agenda, unveiled last year at his inaugural re-election speech, includes UHC among “The Big Four” – the four major focus areas the government will prioritize over the next five years. The…

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Kenya Hosts JLN Meetings on Health Financing

By Dr. Kenneth Munge; Joseph Githinji; Esther Wabuge, JLN Kenya CCG Coordinator
March 27, 2018 Thumbnail
In February 2018, Kenya, along with teams from the World Bank and the Center for Global Development, hosted two JLN learning exchanges in Nairobi as part of the network’s Revisiting Health Financing technical initiative. The learning exchanges on Fiscal Policy for Public Health and Leveraging Existing Resources for Efficiency (the…

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Special Announcement: Call for Expression of Interest for JLN Network Manager

By JLN Network Coordinator
March 12, 2018 Thumbnail
The EOI is now closed. The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is preparing to embark on its next phase with a long-term strategic plan that defines the 2022 vision for the network. As the JLN continues to evolve with a growing membership base and technical offerings, the…

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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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