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What We're Reading: March 4, 2019

 

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Will 2019 Be the Year of Making Primary Health Care Happen?

This piece was originally published in the Center for Global Development blog on January 25, 2019.   

Last fall, policymakers gathered in Astana, Kazakhstan to renew their commitment to primary health care (PHC). The gathering marked the 40th anniversary of the landmark Declaration of Alma-Ata, which enshrined health as a basic human right and paved the way for global recognition of PHC as a fundamental component of national health systems.

Findings from the Field

A Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival: The 2015 Report

Countdown to 2015 recently released its final 2015 ReportA Decade of Tracking Progress for Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival. The report summarizes results in each of the 75 Countdown countries, examines trends in maternal and child health, and turns a critical lens to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework and future accountability efforts. The report shows that although some health issues and some countries have achieved considerable progress, important gaps remain that must not be forgotten in the transition to the SDGs. When delivered properly, primary health care can meet many of the needs of women and children to accelerate progress toward the SDGs and close the gaps identified in the Countdown to 2015 report. 

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