​The Challenge

Providing health coverage with a specific focus on primary care services to all citizens is the foundational goal of universal health coverage.

Yet more than half of the world’s population still lack access to essential health services. Those who lack coverage are increasingly vulnerable groups working outside of the formal sector, making it more difficult to provide health coverage.

About the Collaborative

To address this challenge, practitioners from JLN member countries in the Reaching the Informal Sector collaborative have worked together to create policies and implement programs that aim to identify, enroll, and serve these populations, and to monitor efforts to adequately reach and provide health coverage to these groups.

Members share and exchange information on their country’s approaches to reaching and serving the poor, informal sector, and other vulnerable groups as part of their national reforms aimed at achieving UHC.

Technical Facilitators

April Williamson


Closing the Gap: Lessons from Africa

In response to member country demand, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

Closing the Gap: Lessons from Asia

In response to member country demand, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

Co-Produced Resources

Closing the Gap: Health Coverage for Non-Poor Informal-Sector Workers

This paper is focused on the challenge that many countries face in “Closing the Gap” and extending health coverage to non-poor informal sector workers and their families.

Compendium: 12 country approaches to covering the poor, vulnerable, and informal populations to achieve UHC

The 12 country profiles in this compendium consolidate the information shared by JLN members related to defining, identifying, and enrolling these populations.

User Experience Maps

Participants created a map of the common user pathway, challenges, and strategies/approaches to address these challenges.