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WHO Official Urges Strengthening Of Primary Health Care Systems To End Communicable Diseases, Reach Universal Health Coverage

WHO: Ending the epidemics of high-impact communicable diseases
In this commentary, Ren Minghui, WHO assistant director general for communicable diseases, discusses the importance of strengthening primary health care systems worldwide “to end the suffering from communicable diseases and to ensure acceleration towards global targets on health.” Minghui looks ahead to the upcoming Global Conference on Primary Health Care, scheduled to be held October 25-26 in Astana, Kazakhstan. He concludes, “In Astana, country representatives will have an opportunity to advance social justice and global solidarity … They should seize this historic opportunity.” The WHO also published an accompanying fact sheet on primary health care (10/1).

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