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 agency that administers public health, medical care and family planning services and is responsible for allocating resources. Formed from former Ministry of Health, the agency works to ensure the accessibility of health services, monitors the quality of care, and raises awareness of citizens on health-related issues.
China hopes to contribute to JLN’s global efforts to strengthen health systems for universal health coverage (UHC) while learning from international experiences and best practices in promoting and implementing UHC and reducing poverty. Its application for JLN membership was facilitated by the National Health and Family Planning Commission’s Department of International Cooperation.
For the JLN community, the new member addition enriches the UHC knowledge pool with lessons to learn from China. Its achievements thus far in reaching over 95 percent population coverage and ongoing efforts to expand their benefits package create new opportunities for practitioner-to-practitioner learning for all.
China will engage with the network through its directors nominated from three divisions of the National Health and Family Planning Commission: Policy, Primary Health Care and Office of Poverty Alleviation.