Primary health care: starting point for health equity.

  • Barbara Starfi
  • Published 2013 in MEDICC review


MEDICC Review, April 2013, Vol 15, No 2 In the 1978 Alma-Ata Declaration, developing countries threw down the gauntlet to the world’s richer nations: it was time to recognize health care as a fundamental human right, implemented fi rst and foremost by adopting comprehensive, universal primary health care models. The fi ery debates came on the heels of a decade of decolonization and the Non-Aligned Movement’s call for a New World Economic Order. The ensuing years, however, brought the unravelling of such an ambitious agenda, with neoliberal economic policies taking apart primary health care piece-by-piece, wrapping the remnants in “minimum” packages for specifi c population groups. The drive for health equity as a social policy faltered—the comprehensive, accessible, intersectoral, community-engaged, populationbased and patient-centered principles of Alma-Ata all but lost.

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@article{Starfi2013PrimaryHC, title={Primary health care: starting point for health equity.}, author={Barbara Starfi}, journal={MEDICC review}, year={2013}, volume={15 2}, pages={3} }