Call for papers-the Alma Ata Declaration at 40: reflections on primary healthcare in a new era

Topp, Stephanie M., and Abimbola, Seye (2018) Call for papers-the Alma Ata Declaration at 40: reflections on primary healthcare in a new era. BMJ Global Health, 3 (2).

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[Extract] The Declaration of AlmaAta was a watershed moment in global health. Indeed, in the four decades since its launch, there is a sense in which all declarations or communiques issued at global health conferences have been aiming for comparable historical impact. Launched in 1978 at the International Conference on Primary HealthCare, the declaration called for 'Health for All by the Year 2000 and promoted comprehen-sive primary healthcare as the preferred back-bone of national health systems alongside a number of other key elements including an emphasis on global cooperation and peace; a new economic order to underpin it; acknowledgement of the social determinants of health; involvement of all sectors in the promotion of health; community participation in planning, implementation and regulation of primary healthcare; and a focus on achieving equity in health status. In totality, these elements—which became known as the 'primary healthcare approach' —flagged a paradigm shift away from the medical model of health planning and service delivery and towards a 'social model' with an emphasis on addressing social determinants of health via intersectoral public health and preventive strategies based on local ownership and community participation.

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