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30 Years after Alma Ata. The future of Community Health

Photo: (c) Swiss Red Cross

Basel, 11 November 2008. The Alma Ata International Conference on Primary Health Care in September 1978 was attended by virtually all the member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The Alma Ata Declaration was a land mark in the field of public health, identified primary health care (PHC) as the key to the attainment of the goal of Health for All, and identifying health as the key to social and cultural development.

The annual symposium of the Medicus Mundi Switzerland Network commemorated the 30th Anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration reflecting on developments and perspectives of Community Health. The symposium's documentation is available now.

Also the issue 111 (February 2009) of the Bulletin of Medicus Mundi Switzerland collects contributions from the conference. It is an important Reader, which discusses central issues of international health policy and experiences of international health cooperation.  Among others you find the following contributions: 

  • Eduardo Missoni, Università Commerciale "Luigi Bocconi" of Milan; Italian Global Health Watch:A long way back towards Health for All. Evolution of Global health policies since the Alma Ata
  •  Christoph Benn, The Global Fund: "The Global Fund is the primary instrument for a more just and equitable distribution of resources in global health": The Global Fund and the principles of Primary Health Care
  • Tseggai Gherezghiher, Vision Eritrea: Bridging the Gap between Communities and Health Services in Eritrea: Community Based Health Care Programme in Eritrea
  • Gauden Galea, World Health Organization WHO: Partners in Practice: Priority Health Concerns and Health Promotion
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