Learning Updates from the Primary Health Care Initiative Jul 21, 2017

Learning Updates from the Primary Health Care Initiative

Aligning universal health coverage (UHC) efforts with primary health care (PHC) objectives is a high priority for many JLN member countries. This past March, the JLN's Primary Health Care Initiative held workshops in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on Private Sector Engagement (PSE) and Health Benefits Policy (HBP), two key components to strengthening primary health care.

During the workshops, the member countries of each collaborative commenced work on a series of case studies that will demonstrate best practices and lessons learned for fellow countries working to advance their health benefits policies or level of private sector engagement.

Health Benefits Policy Case Studies
The HBP Collaborative is developing a set of case studies to discover best practices and lessons learned in eight JLN countries, including Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, and Vietnam, that have defined PHC benefits packages and developed supportive policies to promote access to them.

The case studies will apply the Health Benefits Policy Framework, a conceptual framework developed by the collaborative that links the PHC benefits package to several health system objectives, and then to six policy domains that enable successful delivery and utilization of the package. These policy domains include: accountability mechanisms, mobilizing and pooling financial resources, supply-side strengthening, generating demand, payment mechanisms, and protocols and pathways.  

Private Sector Engagement Case Studies
The PSE Collaborative is developing a set of case studies that examine regulation of the private sector in seven JLN countries including Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Morocco. These case studies will inform the development of Module 3: Provider and Facility Regulation, Accreditation, or, Empanelment of the practical guide Engaging the Private Sector in PHC to Achieve UHC: Advice from Implementers to Implementers.

Next Steps for the Collaboratives
Since March, both collaboratives have developed detailed case study guides, formed research teams, and started data collection. Over the next several months, the JLN technical facilitation team will provide technical assistance to countries and convene webinars to promote joint learning on case study implementation and share preliminary findings of the case studies. Both collaboratives aim to complete and synthesize the case studies by the end of 2017 and look forward to sharing their findings and recommendations.