It's also the 40th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration
- an opportunity to reaffirm that people-centered primary care must be the foundation of our efforts to achieve universal health coverage.
The Philippines also signed the Alma Ata Declaration
in 1978, which states that 'governments have a responsibility for the health of their people, which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures.
11) Retrospectively, the Alma Ata Declaration
can be seen as essentially a call for global solidarity: "All countries should cooperate in a spirit of partnership and service to ensure primary healthcare for all people, since the attainment of health by people in any one country directly concerns and benefits every other country.
Taking this into account, the year 1978 marked the assertion of the Alma Ata Declaration
at the Geneva International Conference on the Primary Health Care.
He added that Lebanon qualified to attend the golden jubilee of the Alma Ata Declaration
this year to address the issue with the international community, the only country in the Middle East to do so.
Culminating in the Alma Ata declaration
of 1978, this movement was explicitly political and saw world health as a rallying point for socio-economic change.
The Alma Ata Declaration
of Primary Health Care outlines community participation as one of the core elements to any health promotion initiatives [16, 27].
In 1979, as a student in a community nursing class, I remember how enthusiastic our teachers were the day they told us the Alma Ata Declaration
had been signed.
Development assistance for health has responded to advocacy, especially from the 1978 Alma Ata Declaration
on Primary Health Care (PHC) and the People's Charter of Health, Dhaka 2000 which reflected a groundswell of disillusionment over historic failures to adequately address the broader needs of the world's poor.
One was forwarded at the Alma Ata Declaration
of the World Health Organization which recommended a comprehensive approach to primary healthcare including "Education to inform prevailing health problems and measures to control them, food security and improved nutrition, supply of clean water and sanitary services, maternal and childcare services including family planning, immunization against communicable diseases, the control of locally endemic disease, and the supply of essential drugs for critical health problems.
It highlights new ideas and directions for public health practice in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries that have been strongly influenced by the Alma Ata Declaration
of Health for All through Primary Health Care (1978) and the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986).
The World Health Organisation's Alma Ata Declaration
of 1978 argued that public health was as much a social-political enterprise as a clinical one.