More and more countries are implementing complex health systems reforms to achieve universal health coverage. The Joint Learning Network (JLN) is a country-driven network of practitioners and policymakers who together develop knowledge products to bridge the gap between theory and practice, with the goal of extending health care coverage to more than 3 billion people.
The JLN community is comprised of leaders from ministries of health, national health financing agencies, and other key government institutions in 27 Asian, African, European, Latin American, and Middle Eastern countries as well as a diverse group of international, regional, and local partners.
On Thursday, September 22, the HFG Project hosted a technical briefing session on the JLN’s work on the ground, and about Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) on their collaboration with the JLN and the HFG project. Speakers included: Amanda Folsom (JLN Program Director, Results for Development), Nathaniel Otoo, (Chief Executive, Ghana NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby (Director, Claims, NHIA), and Chris Lovelace (Principal Associate, International Health, Abt Associates).
JLN Program Director
Results for Development
Mr. Nathaniel Otoo
Ghana National Health Insurance Authority
Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby
Ghana National Health Insurance Authority
Director, Strategy and Quality
Full Speaker Bios:
Amanda Folsom is a Program Director at Results for Development (R4D) where she leads the network facilitation and coordination of the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage (JLN). She focuses on health financing, health systems strengthening and capacity building. Ms. Folsom has over 15 years of public and private sector experience in global health policy, health systems, and health care financing. Previously she led R4D’s technical program on the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, which supported the development of ministry of health leadership to effectively guide and implement health financing reforms. Ms. Folsom holds an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Nathaniel Otoo is the Chief Executive of Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA). Mr. Otoo has expertise in risk protection, social security, Universal Health Coverage, and public sector reforms. At the NHIA, he was instrumental in the review of the NHIS enabling law which now addresses the administrative and legal challenges of the previous statute, including the transformation of the District Mutual Health Insurance Schemes to a National Health Insurance Scheme. Before entering the health financing sphere, Mr Otoo worked for over 20 years across the social security, manufacturing, and trade promotion sectors. He holds a Masters’ in International Relations from the International University of Japan, a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ghana and a professional qualification in law from the Ghana School of Law. He is also a member of the Joint Learning Network.
Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby is the Director of Claims Management at Ghana’s National Health Insurance Authority. A Medical Doctor by profession, Dr. Dsane-Selby worked at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Achimota Hospital in Ghana, and then in the UK prior to taking the appointment at the NHIA. She holds an MBChB from the University of Ghana Medical School, Korle-Bu and a Post Graduate in ENT Surgery from the Royal College of England. She is an active member of the Joint Learning Network.
Chris Lovelace is a Principal Associate with the International Health Division of Abt Associates and is country/program manager under the HFG project for Ghana, the Asia Bureau, Global TB, Ukraine and serves as HFG’s Director of Strategy and Quality. Presently his core areas of focus are health management and public policy, health financing, health systems strengthening and health governance. Chris has had a long career in public health at provincial, national, and international levels. He was an Assistant Deputy Minister at the British Columbia of Health 1984-91,95-96. In the mid-90s he was Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the Ministry of Health, Government of New Zealand. Chris spent over 16 years with the World Bank in various capacities and regions.