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Principles Of Alma Ata Declaration Must Be Translated To Action On Primary Health Care, Universal Coverage

The BMJ: Alma Ata and primary health care: back to the future
Editorial Board

“…The principles [of the Alma Ata Declaration] are as fresh and relevant today as they were 40 years ago. A renewed commitment by WHO and the United Nations to universal health coverage means that decades after its introduction, the approach championed by the Alma Ata Declaration remains an enlightened and forward-thinking blueprint for countries striving to achieve health for all. In support of these principles and to further the debate, The BMJ is creating a special collection of content on the progress and future of primary health care. … At its 40th anniversary, revived by the impetus of the Sustainable Development Goals and universal health coverage, the principles of Alma Ata must be translated into firm actions to achieve equitable health, well-being, and sustainable development for generations to come” (10/22).

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