Country membership in the JLN is not passive. It mandates commitment and buy-in from countries’ policy-makers and practitioners alike to engage in a collaborative learning process to drive reforms toward universal health coverage (UHC).
In the past six months, nine member countries established Country Core Groups (CCGs) by working with multiple stakeholders from a myriad of health institutions to align on UHC goals and reform efforts.These nine countries, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico, Mongolia, Senegal, South Korea and Sudan, will now coordinate participation in the network and facilitate JLN product dissemination through their CCGs to ensure that the global knowledge collaboratively produced through the JLN has the widest reach and highest impact. Additionally, these CCGs will provide a clear channel for countries to communicate their technical priorities up to the global network and request opportunities for joint learning on specific topics.
As more health systems shift toward prioritizing UHC, a growing number of countries have shown interest in joining the JLN. And with that, CCGs become increasingly essential to the joint learning process and the sustainability of the JLN as the network expands and continues to decentralize.