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The Birth of Primary Health Care: Celebrating 40 Years of the Declaration of Alma-Ata

Posted on 23 October 2018

News of a special Global Health Histories event to be held at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care

On 25-26 October 2018, the World Health Organization and the world will come together in Astana, Kazakhstan for a global conference to mark 40 years since the landmark 1978 International Conference on Primary Health Care (PHC), and to renew a commitment to PHC and achieving universal health coverage (UHC) and Health for All (HFA) by 2030 with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

As part of global conference, on 26th October a special Global Health Histories event, featuirng Dr Niels Brimnes (Aarhus University, Denmark) and Dr Claudia Stein (WHO Regional Office for Europe), will investigate the historical and public health contexts and global significance of the Declaration of Alma-Ata as the World Health Organization celebrates its 70th anniversary. The panel will explore the birth and early development of PHC, and the redefining of health and future of PHC. This introductory presentation will aim to set the stage for creating an international Global Health Histories network on documenting the history of WHO and PHC in the past from 1978 to 2018 and in the future from 2019-2028.

Event poster: Astana Seminar Flyer (PDF , 458kb)

We look forward to sharing updates from this event, and the wider conference shortly afterwards.