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NewsSeptember 29, 2023

Transforming Primary Health Care: Showcasing Examples of Primary Care Networks

JLN Network Manager

Authors:  Mahlet Gizaw, Amanda Folsom, Luis Gabriel Bernal Pulido   Additional contributions to this blog were made by Alberta Adjebeng Biritwum-Nyarko, Linda A. Vanotoo, Martin Lutalo, and Marelize Gorgens.   As countries work to achieve universal health coverage by improving access to and utilization of essential health services for their populations, many are undertaking health system transformations […]

EventsMarch 30, 2023

Sustainable Health Financing for Primary Health Care: From Evidence to Practice Event

JLN Network Manager

An aim of the Reimagining PHC Collaborative is to bring practical and innovative approaches financing primary health care. This event is the first step in the process and aims to build a collective understanding of what constitutes health financing, the various pillars of health financing, and their interconnectedness. The session will be an entry point for ongoing conversations innovating in health financing for PHC, and the different approaches and applications of reforms. At this event, we will reflect on the key findings of the Lancet Commission with lead author, Professor Kara Hanson of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Ajay Tandon, Lead Economist at the World Bank, will offer further perspective on the Commission’s implications, followed by reflections from Erno Harzheim, former Vice-Minister for PHC, Ministry of Health Brazil. Finally, the event will feature a vibrant panel discussion with our speakers and country policymakers: Dr Davis Johnraj, Senior Officer in the National Health Financing Section of the Planning Division in Ministry of Health Malaysia, Dr Peter Yeboah, Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) and CHAG’s Deputy Executive Director, Dr James Duah.

NewsMarch 1, 2023

Can rehabilitation be integrated into primary health care?

JLN Network Manager

Through funding from the Leahy War Victims Fund (LWVF) and partnership with USAID’s Inclusive Development Hub, the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator (Accelerator) partnered with the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) to facilitate a peer-learning virtual roundtable series on rehabilitation in PHC. Between November 2022 and January 2023, a total of 53 participants from ministries of health, service delivery settings, non-governmental organizations, and universities in 18 countries came together to share their experiences integrating rehabilitation in health systems and PHC, and to co-develop a cross-country learning agenda.

NewsMarch 1, 2023

Making explicit choices on the path to UHC – the JLN Health Benefits Package Revision Guide

JLN Network Manager

After 3 years of co-production work practitioners and policy makers from 14 JLN countries commemorate UHC Day bringing to you a brand-new knowledge product on Revision of Health Benefits Packages. To join this event RSVP to [email protected].

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.