Joint learning approaches to solve technical challenges on the road to universal health coverage
In 2010, a group of countries came together to form a network to share experiences and learn from each other as they work toward achieving universal access to health services with financial protection for the entire population. The Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN) is a unique practitioner-to-practitioner learning network that is connecting low- and middle-income countries with one another so that they can learn from one another’s successes and challenges with implementing universal health coverage; jointly solve problems; and collectively produce and use new knowledge, tools, and innovative approaches to accelerate country progress and avoid “recreating the wheel.” One technical topic explored by the network countries is how to better leverage provider payment systems to expand coverage and improve equity.
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Cheryl Cashin is a Senior Fellow at Results for Development Institute. She is a health economist with more than 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of health financing policy in low- and middle-income countries, including extensive resident field work. Her particular areas of expertise include health provider payment systems, results-based financing, analysis of fiscal space for health, and monitoring and evaluation. She has served as an advisor to the Ministry of Health of Albania on strengthening health sector policy, monitoring, and evaluation; director of a program advising the government of Georgia on national health care financing policy; and Deputy Director and Health Financing Specialist for a health system strengthening program in the Central Asian Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. She has provided long-term nonresident support on health financing policy in Ghana and Vietnam. She is currently the lead technical facilitator for the Provider Payment Technical Track of the JLN.