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Creating a Mobile Money Program in Mali: A Case of Cross-Country Knowledge Sharing

How is JLN membership helping countries move closer towards achieving UHC? Through a 6-part Blog Series, we will highlight how JLN country members have applied knowledge from the network and improved processes to achieve UHC in their own countries leveraging JLN tools, practical lessons, and ideas sparked by rich discussions. Through this series, we hope to illustrate how membership in this dynamic community of policymakers and practitioners is supporting country-level progress towards UHC as well as the growing global movement.

In Part 4 of this blog series, this piece examines the study of Kenya’s M-Pesa program by JLN members in Mombasa, Kenya, ultimately resulting in the creation of a similar mobile money platform in Mali in 2013.

Universal Health Coverage and the Challenge of Informal Employment: Lessons from Developing Countries

On Thursday, June 26th, Ricardo Bitran, a senior health economist from Chile, hosted a World Bank webinar presentation entitled “Universal Health Coverage and the Challenge of Informal Employment: Lessons from Developing Countries” where he explored the topic of informal sector workers and shared the main research findings from his report on the subject, published in January 2014.

Universal Health Coverage for Women’s Health

Healthcare enthusiasts gathered in New York on Thursday to discuss women’s health services and gender inequality as a part of the universal health coverage (UHC) movement. The event, “Improving Women’s Health through Universal Health Coverage,” drew upon issues such as accessibility to and the financing of women’s health services, including reproductive care, family planning, and maternal health services. The speakers and audience cited the central need for increased funding, women’s education, and shared knowledge to better address women’s health in UHC.

Jonathan Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the hosting organization, stated that “we have far more to celebrate than to lament” in UHC progress, but that contrary to popular belief many women today die of preventable diseases, like breast or cervical cancer.

Ghana Leverages Costing Manual to Develop a Transparent Mechanism for Costing of Health Services

On Tuesday, 24 June 2014, Ghana’s Ministry of Health (MOH) will kick off a multi-stakeholder assessment of the cost of service delivery within the health sector. This cost assessment will leverage the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) 10-step Manual, “Costing of health Services for Provider Payment: A Practical Approach to Cost Challenges, Trade-offs and Solutions”. Ghana will be the first country to use this manual to guide sector-level reforms.

In Ghana, as in many countries, health financing and reporting systems have not generated the required costing data needed to use many of the available, well-established costing methodologies. The current costing information does not follow a standardized approach across institutions, is often based on small samples, and does not generate routine information that is accepted and used by all stakeholders.

The New JLN Knowledge Hub Gains Momentum

In May 2014, we announced that The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) and UHC Forward will merge web platforms and launch a new website under the JLN brand to serve as a one-stop portal for practical guides and tools that focus on the ‘how to’ of achieving universal health coverage (UHC) as well as information related to the global movement towards UHC.

Many countries are pursuing UHC to increase access to quality essential health care without financial hardship. And, for countries to achieve progress, it is critical that they have access to evidence about what works and how other countries are making progress.

As we move forward with the new-and-improved JLN website, we asked you to provide input on what you value most about the current site and what you think would be useful in a new site. Thank you to the policymakers, implementers, academics, technical assistants and students that responded!

OpenHDD cleans up health systems

**How is JLN membership helping countries move closer towards achieving UHC? Through a 6-part Blog Series, we will highlight how JLN country members have applied knowledge from the network and improved processes to achieve UHC in their own countries leveraging JLN tools, practical lessons, and ideas sparked by rich discussions.

JLN Health Services Costing Collaborative and PPM Technical Collaborative Team breaks new ground for JLN

The week of May 12 2014 was a monumental week for the JLN Provider Payment Mechanisms (PPM) Initiative and the Joint Learning Network as a whole. The JLN Health Services Costing Collaborative and PPM Technical Collaboration Team (TCT) were brought together in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 13 – 15 for three related but distinct meetings. Over the course of three productive days, participants finalized the content and future direction of the Costing Manual, presented to representatives from the World Health Organization and Global Fund, and selected a new JLN country-based management organization for the next phase of the Costing Collaborative.

Measuring the value of joint learning, one new skill at a time

How do you measure the value of learning? And, joint learning in particular?

You measure it in terms of knowledge gained, policies improved, and processes strengthened. Though the impact of learning is not always easy to measure, these factors inexorably determine a country’ successful movement towards UHC – Ghana’s experience being no exception.

Moving towards PHC-oriented UHC. Is it possible?

Summary of JLN PHC Workshop 2 - Manila, Philippines, April 29-May 1

This blog is co-authored by Marilyn Heymann, Shan Soe-Lin, Ruth Kidane

How could the movement towards universal health coverage (UHC) better align with the longstanding objective of primary health care (PHC) for all?  Is PHC-oriented UHC possible?  Thirty-five policy makers and practitioners from the Joint Learning Network countries Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, India, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, and partners from the Asian Development Bank, Japanese International Cooperation Agency, Results for Development Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank took a major step toward answering these questions at a workshop from April 29 – May 1, 2014 in Manila, Philippines hosted by PhilHealth, the Philippines National Health Insurance Corporation.

Evidence-Based Provider Payment Reform in Vietnam

How is JLN membership helping countries move closer towards achieving UHC? Through a 6-part Blog Series, we will highlight how JLN country members have applied knowledge from the network and improved processes to achieve UHC in their own countries leveraging JLN tools, practical lessons, and ideas sparked by rich discussions. Through this series, we hope to illustrate how membership in this dynamic community of policymakers and practitioners is supporting country-level progress towards UHC as well as the growing global movement.

**In Part 2 of our Series, discusses ongoing Vietnamese policy reform in provider payment mechanisms, and the collaboration and integration of the JLN during these reforms to increase transparency and the use of evidence.

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