Primary Health Care in Action
This series of articles highlights the diverse country experiences – some positive, some less positive – of primary health care.
Some country experiences pre-date the Declaration of Alma-Ata 1978, such as France's country doctors and Cuba's neighbourhood clinics. Some, such as Fiji and Madagascar, took their inspiration from the Declaration. Others have revitalized their primary health care approach, for example New Zealand, with positive results.
The series comprises abridged versions of articles published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization in 2008 and texts derived from the World Health Report 2008.
Figures for gross national product (GNP) per capita are provided in international dollars ($), a hypothetical currency that has been developed to enable meaningful comparison between countries. An international dollar has the same purchasing power as the US dollar has in the United States of America.