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The Global Conference on Primary Health Care: Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration

In 1978, a pivotal conference was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, bringing together health experts and world leaders to commit to health for all. The Declaration of Alma-Ata, endorsed at that conference, formed the foundation for the last 40 years of global primary health care efforts.

On 25-26 October 2018, the world came together again in Astana, Kazakhstan, to attend the Global Conference on Primary Health Care. Participants renewed their commitment to primary health care to achieve universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. Cohosted by the Government of Kazakhstan, WHO and UNICEF, participants at the Global Conference endorsed a new declaration which emphasizes the critical role of primary health care around the world, refocusing efforts to ensure that everyone everywhere is able to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.

Find out more about the new Declaration.

Read the declaration of Alma-Ata from 1978.