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July 12, 2021 Global

The role of Primary Health Care in the COVID-19 pandemic response and leading equitable recovery. High-Level Event


Last 22nd of June 2021, WHO, UNICEF and the Mnistry of Health Care of Kazakhstan hosted a global ministerial event which aimed to:

  1. call on political leaders worldwide to reaffirm the importance of primary health care in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and other health-related emergencies;
  2. share best practices and success stories of strengthening primary health care to facilitate COVID-19 response (including COVID vaccine roll-out), promote equitable recovery and boost health system resilience;
  3. discuss national health care systems’ prevention and preparedness for future health emergencies and the international community’s role;
  4. discuss the Primary Health Care Operational Framework to strengthen health care systems and support countries to scale up national efforts to strengthen primary health care; and 
  5. improve communication to facilitate preparations for the inclusion of primary health care in the UN General Assembly 2022 Agenda


Watch the event


Part 1. High-level plenary


Alexey Tsoy, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy-Director General, WHO


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO

Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

Muhammad Pate, Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank

Francesca Colombo, Head, Health Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (keynote speaker)

Hans Kluge, Regional Director, WHO European Region 

Suraya Dalil, Director, WHO Special Programme on Primary Health Care


Part 2. Ministerial Panel: The role of primary health care in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic


Afshan Khan, Regional Director, UNICEF Europe and Central Asia 


Daniel Salas Peraza, Minister of Health, Costa Rica

Nguyen Thanh Long, Minister of Health, Viet Nam (TBC)

Janez Poklukar, Minister of Health, Slovenia

Mohammad Assai, Senior Advisor, Minister of Health and Medical Education, Islamic Republic of Iran 


Carissa Etienne, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Americas


Part 3. Vaccination and primary health care: Working together for COVAX and zero-dose agendas


Aboubacar Kampo, Director, Health Programmes, UNICEF 


Kate O’Brien, Director, WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO, Vaccine Alliance (GAVI)

Nagwa Nashat Hegazy, Director of the Medical Education and Human Resources Development Center in the Faculty of Medicine, Menoufia University (Family doctor -WONCA) 

Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Minister of Health, Ghana

Jane Ruth Aceng Ocero, Minister of Health, Uganda (TBC)


Feng Zhao, World Bank



Alexey Tsoy, Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy-Director General, WHO