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What We Do

Countries seeking to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) aim to ensure equity in access to high quality services that improve the health of the population. As countries advance toward achieving UHC goals, one of the major challenges they face is expanding coverage to achieve universality, where all populations, including the poor and near-poor, the informal sector, and vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, have access to comprehensive benefits.

To address this challenge, practitioners from JLN member countries are working 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.

The Population Coverage technical initiative has three strategic priorities: covering disadvantaged groups, covering the informal sector, and equitable expansion of coverage. Activities involve a mix of peer exchanges, cross-country learning collaboratives, joint development of tools and knowledge products that can be used in multiple countries, and tailored support to member countries. Participants work across the population coverage continuum, focusing on:

  • Policy formulation
  • Targeting and enrollment
  • Premium collection
  • Service delivery
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Technical Facilitators

April Williamson

Results for Development Institute

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.