Submissions invited for declaration of primary health care


  • Mary Corcoran
  • International Medical News
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Health care professionals, patients, members states, international partners and members of the public are being encouraged to contribute their thoughts on a new declaration of primary health care, to be adopted at the upcoming Second International Conference on Primary Health Care in October.

The declaration is being published on the 40th anniversary of the International Conference on Primary Health Care where delegates signed the Declaration of Alma-Ata and in doing so committed to strengthening primary health care worldwide. 

The revised declaration renews the commitment to the values and principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration, and to strengthen primary care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. The document also commits to "taking bold and tangible steps to address the health challenges of the 21st Century”.

Ahead of the conference, individuals are being urged to submit their views on the declaration, after which it will be reviewed by the International Advisory Group on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage. An updated draft declaration will then undergo an informal consultation process with Member States in Geneva, Switzerland starting in May.

The closing date for public comments is April 23, 2018.