Global Conference on Primary Health Care

Achieving Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals

Declaration on Primary Health Care: Have your say!

On 25-26 October 2018, the world will come together to renew a commitment to strengthening primary health care to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. This commitment will be expressed in a new Declaration on Primary Health Care. What should we, the global community, commit to? The call for comments is open until midnight CEST on 23 April.

From health care workers to patients, from young professionals to civil society, from member states to international partners - we encourage everyone to contribute their thoughts. It doesn't matter who you are or where you are from, primary health care is important to us all.

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The world is ready

40years ago, we committed to strengthening primary health care worldwide. This year the world will come together to recommit to strengthening primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Public consultation on the draft declaration

Essential to health

90%of a person's health needs across their lifetime can be covered by primary health care. It leads to better health outcomes, improved quality of care and longer life expectancy.

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Member States

194country delegations invited to the Conference including Ministers of Health, Education and Finance, civil society, and key partners and international organisations


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About the conference

The Global Conference on Primary Health Care, co-hosted by Government of Kazakhstan, the World Health Organization and UNICEF, will take place on 25-26 October on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata.

The anniversary of this seminal milestone in global health provides an opportunity to reaffirm the principles of the original declaration and underline the importance of primary health care to achieve our collective goals for the 21st century.

Countdown to the conference


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Keep checking back in the coming months for updates on the conference such as programme, background documents, registration etc. Don't forget to have your say on the public consultation for the draft declaration:

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Primary Health Care
World Health Organization
primaryhealthcare@who.int