On behalf of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN), I would like to extend a heartfelt, “Happy Universal Health Coverage Day,” to you.
Today, December 12, 2018, marks the first time that UHC Day will be officially celebrated as a United Nations day of observance, recognizing the significant global support and national commitments to deliver health for all. While this official recognition further emphasizes growing political will for UHC reforms, our work continues to make political commitments a reality.
Over the past year, the JLN has expanded to 33 member countries and has continued assisting practitioners and policymakers connect, share, and learn with each other to build relationships, jointly problem solve, and generate practical solutions to shared UHC challenges.
As the Convener of the JLN’s Steering Group, I am constantly inspired by our members’ and partners’ dedication and commitment to tackle the multi-faceted and context-specific challenges that countries face throughout their journeys to implementing UHC. I encourage you to review some of our newest resources co-developed by JLN members, reflecting their unique expertise and experiences.
As 2018 comes to a close, I feel confident on this UHC Day that our community is well positioned to strengthen our relationships with and the engagement of our members in 2019 and beyond to support their efforts to advance UHC policies and systems.
National Health Insurance Scheme, Nigeria