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NewsDecember 21, 2022

Strengthening PHC – Lessons from Kenya’s MakueniCare

JLN Network Manager

In 2016, the Joint Learning Network for UHC under the Primary Health Care (PHC) Technical Initiative brought together practitioners that formed the Health Benefits Policy (HBP) Collaborative. This collaborative consisted of experience sharing and compilation of practical advice among six low-and-middle-income countries: Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, and Vietnam. Each of them conducted an assessment […]

NewsDecember 20, 2022

Dr. Rozita Halina on Financing Primary Health Care in Malaysia and Beyond

JLN Network Manager

Several JLN country members were present at the recent Asia & The Pacific Health Financing Forum (APHFF) to discuss “Financing Primary Health Care: Opportunities at the Boundaries.” Watch Dr. Rozita Halina, Director of Planning Division at Ministry of Health in Malaysia and long-time JLN champion, share her takeaways on next steps to finance primary health care and reach UHC not only in the region, but across the world.

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 […]