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JLN Countries Explore the Effective Use of Data

By Jacqui Deelstra, PATH
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Having high quality health care and health insurance data readily available – and knowing how to use it for planning and decision-making – are key goals for countries working toward universal health coverage (UHC). From April 4-6, 2018, 30 practitioners from 10 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas gathered…[ Read More ]

JLN Countries Share Tools for the How-To’s of Purchasing PHC Services at UHC Financing Forum

By JLN Network Coordinator
April 26, 2018 Thumbnail
Purchasing primary health care (PHC) services is often a complex challenge for country governments. What to purchase, whom to purchase from – and importantly, how to pay are three questions countries face as they work towards UHC.   At this year's UHC Financing Forum with the theme of health equity, an…[ Read More ]

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…[ Read More ]

Compassion: An Integral Component of Health Care Systems

By Nana Mensah Abrampah, Melissa Kleine-Bingham, Heather Anne Harmon, Samantha Ferguson
April 13, 2018 Thumbnail
In February 2013, the publication of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry catalyzed the emergence of a new paradigm for health professionals and health systems: healing requires more than treatment of a disease – it requires person-centered, compassionate care. Since then, the concept of “compassion” has ricocheted throughout…[ Read More ]

No Shortcuts, Only a Long Journey to UHC

By JLN Network Coordinator
April 9, 2018 Thumbnail
For 70 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) has focused its efforts to draw attention to and cure the world of debilitating diseases and maladies, from polio and smallpox to depression and diabetes. This year, the WHO has directed the world’s attention to a more fundamental and basic human right…[ Read More ]
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Taxes for Better Health: Making the Case in the Joint Learning Network

By Patricio V. Marquez, Somil Nagpal, and Lydia Ndebele; The World Bank
March 14, 2018
Adam Smith, the 18th-century social philosopher and political economist renowned as the father of modern economics, observed in his seminal work, The Wealth of Nations, that “sugar, rum, and tobacco are commodities which are nowhere necessaries of life, [but] which are ... objects of almost universal consumption, and which are…

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Key Findings from the Tracking UHC: 2017 Global Monitoring Report

By Ishani Desai, Results for Development
January 25, 2018 Thumbnail
Over half the world’s population lacks access to essential health services. More than 800 million people spend more than 10 percent of their household budget on health, and nearly 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty each year due to high health-related out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditures. The Tracking Universal Health…

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Vertical Integration with Expanded Roles for Hospitals

By Gerard La Forgia and Paul Molloy, Aceso Global
January 23, 2018
For the global UHC community, the idea of people-centered integrated health services has resonated widely as being pivotal to achieving UHC and to truly ensure that no one is left behind. The entailing shift from health systems designed around diseases and health institutions towards health systems designed around needs of…

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Devex: 5 Ways to Make Progress Towards Universal Health Coverage

By Rozita Halina Tun Hussein, Amanda Folsom, Dr. Somil Nagpal
December 12, 2017 Thumbnail
[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…

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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…

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Data Foundations Collaborative Convenes For First Meeting

By Jacqui Deelstra, PATH
November 24, 2017 Thumbnail
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage’s new Data Foundations Collaborative convened its first in-person meeting on October 10-13, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam. This workshop was hosted by Vietnam’s Health Strategy and Policy Institute in partnership with facilitators from PATH and Wipro. Participants included information technology (IT) managers, data…

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From Learning to Implementation: Making Progress on Financing and Payment Models

By Henok Yemane, Results for Development and Tsolmon Tsilaajav, Mongolia Ministry of Health
November 8, 2017 Thumbnail
A core challenge that most countries face as they work toward universal health coverage (UHC) is how to pay for services to ensure effective coverage and promote quality while maintaining financial sustainability. Financing and payment systems for primary health care (PHC) can serve as important instruments, enabling factors, and entry…

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New Collaborative Launched on People-Centered Integrated Care

By Lina Stolyar, Ariadne Labs
November 1, 2017 Thumbnail
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage launched the new People-Centered Integrated Care (PCIC) Service Delivery collaborative this past October 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam. People-Centered Integrated Care aims to improve the effectiveness of health service delivery—a key component of universal health coverage (UHC)—and to rebalance the care delivery system…

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Creating Digital Tools to Augment Practitioner-to-Practitioner Learning

By Lydia Ndebele, World Bank; Sinit Mehtsun, R4D; Cheryl Cashin, R4D; Somil Nagpal, World Bank
October 12, 2017 Thumbnail
The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) witnessed yet another milestone in its focus on joint learning for UHC on October 13, 2017, in Hanoi, Vietnam. In partnership with the World Bank’s Open Learning Campus (OLC), the network has launched an e-Module for Costing of Health Services, a…

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Nigeria Announces Subnational JLN for Universal Health Coverage

By JLN Network Coordinator
August 11, 2017 Thumbnail
The Government of Nigeria is extending the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage sub-nationally to assist its states in addressing the challenges in implementing health care financing reforms. Using the model of practitioner-to-practitioner learning of the global JLN, the network will connect practitioners and policymakers across states and between…

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