In 1978, WHO Member States agreed on a set of principles at Alma-Ata to protect and promote the health of all people by articulating primary health care as the guiding principle of a comprehensive health system. Since then, countries of the Americas have witnessed tremendous progress, economic growth, and improvements to their health systems. Despite this, many challenges remain in the Region including poverty and inequities, barriers to accessing health, inefficient models of care, segmentation of health systems, fragmentation of services, insufficient health financing, and weak governance and leadership.
It is now time to take stock of efforts and the substantial implementation of policies and programs over the past forty years. The Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is seeking papers for a special issue to commemorate the 40-year anniversary of Alma-Ata and its influence in the Americas.
- Strategies and programs to reduce inequities in health and health care
- Increased response capacity of first level of care
- Leadership and governance
- Organizing the community to promote universal access to health and universal health coverage
Language of submissions
Papers will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish and English. The manuscript selection process will follow the journal peer-review procedures.
29 December 2017