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International Conference Dedicated to the 30th Anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care

Date: 15-16 October 2008
Place: Almaty, Kazakhstan

This international conference marks the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration and aims to reflect on the existing problems of public health from the perspective of the experience gained in 30 years of implementing primary health care.

In September 1978, WHO and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) held a historical international conference on primary health care in Alma-Ata, then the capital of Kazakhstan. The conference focused on the importance of primary health care in national health services as well as its principles and organizational models and prospects of international cooperation in this area. The conference adopted the Alma-Ata Declaration, which defined primary health care as the key to achieving the goal of "health for all by the year 2000".

The specific objectives of this year's conference in Almaty are to:

  • examine the contribution to health made by selected models of primary health care in recent decades;
  • examine current challenges to health in the light of the experience gained since the Alma-Ata Conference in 1978;
  • explore a way forward in the context of a renewed commitment to primary health care as a way towards overall strengthening of health systems.

Health ministers of WHO Member States will take part in the conference, which is being organized by the Government of Kazakhstan with support from WHO and UNICEF.

On the eve of the conference, WHO will launch the World health report 2008 entitled Primary health care: now more than ever. The event will take place in Almaty in recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration.

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