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NewsNovember 3, 2022

The Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a Strong JLN Partner

JLN Network Manager
 

As the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) concludes, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) joins in expressions of gratitude and emphasizes the value of the JLN-PHCPI partnership. The JLN commits to keep the momentum strong, to continuously and collectively push to improve PHC as countries advance towards UHC.

NewsSeptember 13, 2022

Shaping a private provider sector that accelerates UHC: Foundational skills for public payers and policymakers

JLN Network Manager
 

Countries pursuing universal health coverage (UHC) are increasingly active in seeking to leverage private healthcare providers to enhance their reforms. Many are contracting private providers to deliver subsidized care and/or corporatizing their public facilities in order to improve performance, tackle inefficiencies and stimulate much-needed new investment across the delivery systems. As most soon discover, this requires a very different set of skills to those traditionally developed among public healthcare officials, and a range of technical and cultural gaps become evident.

NewsAugust 10, 2022

Empanelment in Ghana: Person-Centered Integrated Care Collaborative

JLN Network Manager
 

Ghana has been an active member of the Person-Centered Integrated Care (PCIC) collaborative of JLN–participating in all meetings, as well as hosting the second meeting in Ghana in March 2018 when the key components of the collaborative’s definition of empanelment were identified. Together, members of the collaborative authored an Empanelment Summary and an Empanelment Assessment Tool. We in Ghana believe that key lessons in improving this tool was made stronger due to the lessons learnt from the Ghanaian health system, particularly the Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) component.

NewsJuly 12, 2022

Transforming the Health System: How a Virtual PHCPI- JLN Collaborative Helped Advance Efforts to Build Resilient Primary Health Care Systems

JLN Network Manager
 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, policymakers, health system managers, and frontline providers are working tirelessly to slow the spread of illness, effectively treat those who have been diagnosed, and do what they can to protect broader social systems during lockdown.

NewsApril 22, 2022

JLN Kenya: Facilitating Joint Learning Between National and County Health Authorities in the Fight Against COVID-19

JLN Network Manager
 

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a double shock to Kenya, with both an economic and health crisis. When the first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported, the government provided several directives and instituted measures to contain the spread of the virus, including restricted geographical movement; stay-at-home directives; evening curfews; and various public health measures such as mandatory wearing of masks in public, social distancing, and hand washing and sanitising campaigns. Initially, 2% of the population tested positive, with a majority (85.9%) of these cases being asymptomatic. However, the incidence continued to rise, with urban areas reporting higher rates than rural areas. Like  many other countries, Kenya experienced several waves of infection and the introduction of new variants. Interventions have been guided by WHO guidelines,  adapted to the Kenyan context.

NewsMarch 28, 2022

Governance requirements for provider payment policy

JLN Network Manager
 

Contributors: Agnes Munyua, Alex Ofori Mensah, Batbayar Ankhbayar, Francis Mensah Asenso Boadi, Humberto Silva, and Pavel Manjos. This blog is produced by the Primary Health Care Financing and Payment Collaborative. Governance is an important building block for provider payment and an important requirement for countries to establish strategic purchasers who contribute to health system objectives […]

NewsMarch 28, 2022

Leveraging monitoring and information systems for output-based provider payment

JLN Network Manager
 

Contributors: Agnes Munyua, Batbayar Ankhbayar, Humberto Silva, Jocelyn Maala, and Kaija Kasekamp. This blog is produced by the Primary Health Care Financing and Payment Collaborative. Sound and reliable information is the foundation of decision-making across all health system building blocks and is essential for health system policy development and implementation, governance and regulation, health research, […]

NewsFebruary 15, 2022

Population Targeting: An issue of trust – and technical complexity – for health leaders

JLN Network Manager
 

As so many health systems move towards social health insurance, the issue of who should receive this at no or low cost is becoming increasingly important. The topic can quickly become highly technical and move well beyond most health practitioners’ core skills – comparing different ‘proxies’ and formulae for assessing wealth and income, as well as methods for collecting and verifying this data.