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Achieving Health for All

Primary Health Care in Action

The Alma-Ata Declaration of 1978 marked a potential turning point in global health, signaling a commitment to primary health care that could have improved the safety of air, food, water, roads, homes, and workplaces in all 180 countries that signed it. Unfortunately, progress in many countries stalled in the 1980s. The declaration was, however, embraced by a number of countries, where its implementation led to substantial improvement in citizen health.

Achieving Health for All reveals how, inspired by Alma-Ata, the governments of seven countries executed comprehensive primary health care systems, deploying new cadres of community-based health workers to bring relevant services to ordinary households. Drawing on a set of narrative case studies from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Ghana, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam,the book explains how a primary health care focus succeeded in improving population health. The book also conclusively demonstrates that comprehensive, multisector, community-controlled, and population-level primary health care is a viable strategy that, against the odds, has led to sustainable, scalable good health at lower cost.

Bringing together a group of experts to analyze the forty-year legacy of the Alma-Ata Declaration, Achieving Health for All is a fascinating look at the work needed to transform nations from places that make people sick to places where they stay healthy. An inspiring array of lessons learned along the way shows how readers can make policies that support the health of all people.

Contributors: Onaopemipo Abiodun, Vinya Ariyaratne, John Koku Awoonor-Williams, Kedar Prasad Baral, Ayaga A. Bawah, Pedro Más Bermejo, Fred N. Binka, David Bishai, Carolina Cardona, Dennis Carlson, Chala Tesfaye Chekagn, Hoang Khanh Chi, Svea Closser, Luc Barrière Constantin, Zufan Abera Damtew, Marlou de Rouw, Nadia Diamond-Smith, Philip Forth, Mignote Solomon Haile, Nguyen Thanh Huong, Taufique Joarder, Alice Kuan, Seblewengel Lemma, Sasmira Matta, Ahmed Moen, Rituu B. Nanda, Frank K. Nyonator, Ferdous Arfina Osman, Claudia Pereira, Henry B. Perry, James F. Phillips, Meike Schleiff, Melissa Sherry, Rita Thapa, Kebede Worku

About the Authors

David Bishai, MD, MPH is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Meike Schleiff, MSPH, DrPH is an assistant scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Endorsements

"A well-written, comprehensive overview of how primary health care developed over time and across countries."

- Remco van de Pas, MD, Maastricht University

"Achieving Health for All reveals how a focus on primary care can move us beyond just treating disease. David Bishai and Meike Schleiff have brought us closer to a world where disease no longer occurs—one that generates health."

- Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Dean, School of Public Health, Boston University, coeditor of Teaching Public Health

"Health for All can be achieved! When my father, Carl Taylor, in planning the Alma Ata conference, grabbed the 'Health for All' phrase, evidence already showed it was possible. This book is more than the history of primary health care, it tells how to achieve what is primary for us all."

- Daniel C. Taylor, President, Future Generations University, coauthor of Just and Lasting Change: When Communities Own Their Futures

"Achieving Health for All lays out the history and accomplishments of primary health care as well as its points of tension, and opportunities for synergy, with vertical health interventions. Students, experts, and senior policy makers who desire to meet sustainable development goals and advance universal health coverage should read this book."

- Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

"With compelling evidence from all continents, David Bishai and Meike Schleiff show that primary health care is about all health and that it will work for any country facing any type of health challenges, not just those associated with poorer economies. Bishai and Schleiff's engaging style and ability to turn data and historic accounts into lively prose makes reading this book a pleasure."

- Olive Kobusingye, MB ChB, MMed, MSc, MPH, Makerere University School of Public Health
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