Celebrating Ten Years of Joint Learning Towards UHC


December 10, 2020, 12:30-14:00 UTC

The vision for a community of country practitioners working side-by-side to strengthen their health systems and make progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) had its humble roots at a World Health Assembly event in May 2009, when representatives from Ghana, India, Thailand, and Vietnam met to discuss their government-led health financing reform efforts. In February 2010, this vision became a reality as policymakers and implementers from six countries—Ghana, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—came together in Manesar, India, to apply the joint learning approach.

Since then, the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) has spearheaded its ethos of country-led and country-driven joint learning and mutual problem solving—bringing together policymakers and practitioners from 34 countries to systematically share their knowledge with each other.

While the challenges health systems have faced vary in their prominence over time, from scarce resources for health to pandemics such as COVID-19, this Universal Health Coverage Day (UHC Day) we celebrate the accomplishments and progress made by the JLN over the past ten years and look forward to the next decade of joint learning.

On December 10, 2020, policymakers and practitioners from JLN countries will join champions and supporters from the JLN’s partner organizations in a retrospective of JLN’s accomplishments and progress. Plan to join us as we retrace the evolution and growth of the network, the unique features and feats that have made the JLN what it is today, and the progress JLN members have made toward stronger health systems and universal health coverage.

Agenda Overview

  • Opening Remarks — Muhammad Ali Pate, Adolfo Martínez Valle, Vio Mitchell, Masashi Tanabe
  • JLN Overview and Event Outline — Feng Zhao
  • Evolution and Growth — Stefan Nachuk, Gina Lagomarsino, Jerry La Forgia, Rozita Hussein
  • Impact of JLN — Somil Nagpal, Lydia Selby, Ajay Tandon, Cheryl Cashin, Pandu Harimuti
  • Forward-looking — Ethan Wong, Jack Langenbrunner, Ellen van der Poel, Isabel Maina
  • Wrap-up and Closing — Kamiar Khajavi
  • Closing Remarks — Feng Zhao


As part of the JLN@10 celebrations, the Nigeria sub-national JLN Country Core Group (CCG) and the World Bank Nigeria office, in collaboration with the forum of CEOs of State Social Health Insurance Schemes (SSHIS) in Nigeria, hosted a virtual webinar to share and learn from the experience of Nigerian states in implementing health insurance decentralization reforms. Please find the webinar recording here

Event Video Clips

JLN Overview

JLN Evolution & Growth

JLN Impact

Future Directions

JLN Values & Ethos


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1 Comment

  1. Menyanga Abu

    JLN has impacted on the thinkings of a lot of people towards the development of strong health care system that will provide services that will meet the needs of the populace. It hss made a lot of health policy makers and the stakeholders to re-imagine and redefine a new course of health system strengthenibg strategies.