The Long and Difficult Road to Alma-Ata: A Personal Reflection

  title={The Long and Difficult Road to Alma-Ata: A Personal Reflection},
  author={Socrates Litsios},
  journal={International Journal of Health Services},
  pages={709 - 732}
  • S. Litsios
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Health Services
This account of the events leading up to the Alma-Ata Conference in September 1978 (covering the years 1970 to 1978) is based on the author's recollections and his recent research of World Health Organization documents. The author builds his story around four themes: why the Soviets, in particular, wanted the conference; why the new WHO director-general did not; the time and energy lost by holding the conference; and what might have happened if it had not been held. The story involves not only… 

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