Job FM Metsemakers(1*), Mora Claramita(2)

(1) Maastricht University
(2) Department of Medical, Health Professions Education and Bioethics Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


On 25-26 October 2018, the World Health Organisation hosted a Global Conference, in Astana, Kazakhstan. This conference, 40 years after the Alma Ata declaration of Health for All, refocused again on the commitment of governments to Primary Health Care (PHC), in order to ensure that everyone, everywhere, is able to enjoy the highest, possible, attainable standard of health.

The Astana Declaration on Health for All has a long list of commitments and goals which can serve as guidance for governments to plan their health policy. Primary Health Care is described as the cornerstone of a sustainable health system for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The WHO and governments are convinced that strengthening PHC is the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to enhance people’s physical and mental health.

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