From Aspirations to Reality: Making Primary Health Care Happen

October 15th, 2018 | News

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Policymakers will convene at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana later this month to mark the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata and renew their commitments to building strong primary health care (PHC) systems. While there has been tremendous progress in deploying PHC services to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, there are major gaps between aspirations and reality. The renewed global commitment in Astana is an opportunity to underscore why and how a proactive focus on PHC can be central to the UHC2030 agenda.

This event co-hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD), John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) will assess major outcomes emerging from Astana, provide a reality check on challenges countries are facing, and reflect on the role of the global health community going forward. Watch the recording of our two back-to-back panels (agenda and speaker list below) that brought programmers, planners, and implementers together with funders, policymakers, and global health financing experts to discuss why strong PHC matters for UHC; the key barriers, including policy and implementation challenges; as well as ideas to ensure greater equity, quality, and efficiency in PHC.

Date & Time

Thursday, November 1, 2018

9:30-11:30 AM EDT

Location 

Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW – Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Agenda

Conversation: Why Is It So Hard to Achieve Strong Primary Health Care? (9:30 – 9:50am)

Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, CGD
Lauren Weber, Public Health Policy Reporter, HuffPost

Panel 1: PHC 40 Years On: What Works and What Doesn’t (9:50 – 10:35am)

Nabeela Ali, Country Representative in Pakistan, JSI
Clinton de Souza, Director of Public Health, Imperial Logistics
Binyam Fekadu Desta, DCOP for USAID Transform: PHC project/JSI lead
Rose Macauley, Country Representative in Liberia, JSI

Panel 2: PHC Measurement for Improvement and Accountability (10:45 – 11:30am)

Ariana Childs Graham, Director of Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI
Vin Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Health, IHME; Non-Resident Fellow, CGD
Natela Ménabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at UN, WHO – invited
Jeremy Veillard, Program Manager for PHCPI, World Bank

Hosts

Janeen Madan Keller, Center for Global Development
Beth Tritter, Primary Health Care Performance Initiative
Craig Burgess, John Snow, Inc.

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