A Message from the New JLN Convener

This is an exciting time to be a part of the JLN. Over the past five years, the JLN has focused on equipping practitioners and policymakers with the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to build resilient systems that can quickly respond to emerging threats.

Together we are continuing to strengthen the JLN's impact on country progress toward UHC. I am genuinely optimistic about the JLN’s future, and I look forward to leading the JLN Steering Group in this next phase.

Rozita Halina Tun Hussein

Deputy Director, Unit for National Health Financing (NHF)
Planning and Development Division at Malaysia’s Ministry of Health
Convener, JLN Steering Group (July 2015-current)

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The JLN is a country-driven network, which means that all of its activities are prioritized, shaped, led, and co-facilitated by JLN member countries.

Through a unique model for joint problem solving—which includes multilateral workshops, country learning exchanges, and virtual dialogue—JLN members build on real experience to produce and experiment with new ideas and tools for expanding health coverage.

Learn how JLN members are using an exciting collaborative learning approach to move towards UHC.

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Citizens' right to healthcare

Bahrain is transforming its national healthcare system

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Achieving health for al

Bangladesh has received much praise for its efforts to boost healthcare reform.

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Increased access to, and quality of services

Columbia has registered over 91.1 percent of their population into the General Social Security Health Care System. Under a progressive healthcare framework, Colombia has significantly increased access to, and quality of services.

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Towards implementation of a UHC policy

Egypt's new constitution has enshrined the universal right to heath for every citizen and has set the means to that vision through implementation of a universal social health insurance scheme.

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Building frameworks to improve health.

During the past fifteen years, the Federal Ministry of Health has developed a framework for improving the health for all, including maternal and neonatal health. Ethiopia has made particular progress in increasing the number of health care facilities and decentralization of the health system.

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Achieving financial sustainability

In 2004, Ghana embarked on a process of developing and implementing a National Health Insurance Scheme to replace out-of-pocket fees at point of service.

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Reaching the informal sector

In 2007, the state of Andhra Pradesh launched the Aarogyasri health insurance scheme, gradually extending coverage for catastrophic, inpatient care to the entire below-poverty-line population statewide. One year later at the national level, the Ministry of Labour and Employment launched RSBY to provide health insurance benefits to BPL populations.

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Targetting the poor.

Jaminan Kesehatan Masyarakat, or Jamkesmas, a MoH-run mandatory public health “insurance” program covers over 76.4 million poor Indonesians.

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Achieving univeral health coverage.

Japan achieved universal health coverage in 1961, and the country’s investment in health has laid the foundation for sustained economic development, social stability, and the creation of a healthy middle class, which are key ingredients for sustained economic growth.

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Expanding benefits.

The National Hospital Insurance Fund is the primary provider of health insurance in Kenya with a mandate to enable all Kenyans to access quality and affordable health services.

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Universal access to care.

Kosovo passed a Health Insurance Law in April 2014, meant to establish and regulate public health insurance.

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Governance and stewardship.

Malaysia's health policy is intertwined with the goals for national development, rural development, and socio-economic equity between ethnic groups.

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Targetting the poor.

Mali’s health system is largely centered on Mutuelles – non-profit groups that largely rely on dues from their members. Participation in Mutuelles is largely voluntary and organized at the community level.

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Seguro Popula

Seguro Popular, a public insurance scheme offering access to a comprehensive package of services, is the most important component of Mexico's Systems of Social Protection in Health.

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Mandatory health Insurance.

Moldova introduced of a system of mandatory health insurance in 2004, characterized by the introduction of a new payroll tax for health, and the creation of a single national pool of funds managed by the National Health Insurance Company.

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Ensuring the availability, accessibility, and affordability of health services

The Ministry of Population Development and Social Protection leads the process to develop the basic methodologies and mechanisms for implementing the policy to achieve universal health coverage in Mongolia. 

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Reaching the informal sector.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the development and implementation of government policy on population health. In particular, the Ministry of Health ensures equitable access to health care services.

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Achieving equity in access.

The Universal Health Coverage Advisory Committee (UHCAN) of Namibia serves as lead institutions responsible for implementing UHC in Namibia. UHCAN is a multi-stakeholder body made up of government, private sector, donors, academic institutions and multilateral agencies with the aim of investigating the best possible ways Namibia can achieve UHC.

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Establishing national health insurance schemes.

Nigeria adopted the Bamako Initiative to improve service equity, quality, and community participation through decentralization.

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Year Launched: 200

The Philippine Health Corporation launched in 1995 with the aim of placing a renewed emphasis on achieving universal coverage. 

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Scaling up Mutuelles to achieve UHC.

Senegal developed a UHC plan for 2013-2017, which focuses on scaling up mutuelles for the informal and rural populations, and reforming the formal sector scheme. 

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South Korea

A country with universal health coverage

South Korea achieved universal health coverage in 1989.

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Moving towards PHC-oriented UHC.

The National Health Sector Strategic Plan (2012-16) aims to achieve UHC, and one of the means by which it hopes to do that is by launching a primary health care expansion program. 

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Provider payment reforms to achieve UHC.

Vietnam introduced various health financing reforms, culminating in the introduction of the Health Care Fund for the Poor in 2003.

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In September 2015, 248 individuals from JLN member countries who had taken part in one or more JLN collaborative learning activities were asked to take a survey on their satisfaction with the JLN’s activities and offerings.

The survey results also provide useful information about participant composition, the value placed on JLN membership, and how participants are applying knowledge acquired through network activities in their own contexts.

JLN Members have benefited from the network’s offerings.
Knowledge co-production