On February 13, 2018, in Geneva (Switzerland), Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yelzhan Birtanov met with the Deputy Directors General of WHO Jane Alison, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and the WHO Chef de Cabinet Bernhard Schwartlander.

In the course of the meeting, the leadership of the World Health Organization expressed support for the adoption of new WHO documents in October 25-26 of this year in Kazakhstan and interest in holding a Global Conference on the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the WHO/UNICEF Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care.

WHO Deputy Director General Jane Alison noted the importance of adopting a new WHO declaration in Kazakhstan and expressed gratitude to the Government of the country for the initiative to hold the Global Conference in Kazakhstan.

In turn, WHO Deputy Director General Soumya Swaminathan announced that primary health care is the key to achieving universal coverage of the global population with health services.

“Affirmation of the commitment of the Member States to the Declaration of Alma-Ata of 1978 and the adoption of an updated international instrument in Kazakhstan in 2018 should have a key position in the global health policy agenda,” – Ms. Swaminathan said.

WHO leadership emphasized the role of the conference to be held in autumn 2018 in Kazakhstan in the implementation of strategies for the development of PHC at the level of the governments of WHO member countries.

The role of each of the parties participating in the organization of the Global Conference in the Republic of Kazakhstan was also discussed. The Kazakh side confirmed its readiness to organize the conference, promote the new vision for the development of primary care with the use of information technologies on the road to achieving the UN sustainable development goals.


Published: 14 February 2018


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