icddr,b expert part of Bangladesh panel to the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage

The Government of Bangladesh has selected an icddr,b health economist as member of national panel to the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a global platform to make evidence and best practices on universal health coverage more accessible to policymakers and other stakeholders.

Dr Jahangir A M Khan, health economist at icddr,b, has been selected as one of five members of the Bangladesh government-led panel to the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). Dr Khan is the coordinator of the Health Economics and Financing Research Group with icddr,b’s Centre for Equity and Health Systems (CEHS). The Health Economics Unit of the Government of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), under the leadership of Md Ashadul Islam, Director General of the Unit, is heading the Bangladesh panel at JLN.

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The Government of Bangladesh nominated Dr Khan to join this high-level panel due to his extensive experience and research work on universal health coverage (UHC). The two research units of CEHS, ‘Health Economics and Financing’ and ‘Universal Health Coverage’ have been actively involved in undertaking original research and developing academic courses on UHC. The units also provide technical and research support on healthcare financing to the MoHFW.

 “JLN membership widens the scope of debate and discussion on UHC in Bangladesh by allowing us to learn from the experience of other countries in similar and advanced settings,” said Dr Khan. “It is especially interesting as it provides the opportunity to know more about the technical tools, like provider paying mechanisms, widening coverage for health insurance, cost estimation techniques etc.,” he added.

JLN is a network of countries that are at the forefront of efforts to achieve UHC. It aims to make UHC-related evidence and best practices more easily accessible to stakeholders – such as policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society and other partners – engaged in designing and implementing UHC efforts in their countries.

Bangladesh joined as an associate member of JLN in January 2015, which grants it access to JLN knowledge products, tools, internal reports, member database and virtual access to the JLN learning laboratory. The JLN website is also a platform to share best practices from icddr,b and Bangladesh with a global audience.

Other member countries joining JLN this year include Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Japan, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal and Sudan.


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