Regional conference on revitalizing primary health care
AbstractAt the Sixtieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia held in Thimphu, Bhutan in 2007, "Revitalizing Primary Health Care" was selected as the subject of Technical Discussions to be held prior to the Sixty-first session. The Regional Conference on Revitalizing Primary Health Care was held from 6 to 8 August 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The objective of the conference was to revitalize PHC in the changing context of health development and, its factors and social determinants to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and health for all. The conference concluded with the following recommendations: For Member States: (1) to reaffirm their political commitment to PHC; (2) to review health financing and expenditure; (3) to strengthen human resources and the service delivery system to support PHC; (4) to develop a strategy for improving health information systems; (5) to establish mechanisms as well as strengthen capacity for health system research; (6) to empower communities, especially women, to take an active role; and (7) to strengthen the capacity of ministries of health; and for WHO: (1) to assist in direct capacity development; (2) to provide normative support for country capacity; (3) to advocate with national governments on the need for multisectoral action for PHC; and (4) and to provide global leadership in orienting other development partners towards PHC. The conference has come up with a road map that assist Member States to strengthen their health systems using the primary health care approach to achieve the health goals as well as health-related MDGs taking into account the Social Determinants of Health.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). Regional conference on revitalizing primary health care. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205740