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The Future of Primary Health Care: Alma-Ata 30 Years On

Thursday, September 11, 2008 (All day) to Friday, September 12, 2008 (All day)

Venue: Brunei Gallery, opposite main entrance to the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG


Speakers/panelists include: Professor Sir Andy Haines, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Richard Horton, Editor, Lancet; Dr Carissa Etienne, Assistant General Director, WHO; Musthtaque Chowdhury, BRAC School of Public Health Bangladesh; Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Officer of Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; Stewart Tyson, Department for International Development. For the full list of speakers click here.


This two-day symposium will mark the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata at the International Conference of Primary Health Care. The Declaration was a landmark event in the field of public health and it identified Primary Health Care (PHC) as the key to the attainment of the goal of Health for All (HFA). Key objectives of the symposium include;

  • Highlighting the successes and failures of PHC in the last 30 years

  • Discussing how to apply the lessons learned to strengthen health systems for future challenges

  • Examining the threats/challenges to the PHC approach and how to combat them

  • Identifying Alma-Ata values and how they can be translated into programmes

For more information click here.


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