Newsletter 25
April 2024

A digest of successful transformation stories, news and
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Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly - #WHA77

The Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from May 27th to June 1st, 2024. This event marks a pivotal point on the international health agenda, bringing together leaders, experts, and representatives from around the globe to address the most pressing challenges in the field of global health.

The theme of this year's Health Assembly, "All for Health, Health for All," reflects the commitment of the international community to work together to promote health and well-being worldwide. This motto underscores the importance of solidarity and global collaboration in addressing health inequalities, ensuring equitable access to health services, and promoting universal health coverage.

Proceedings of the assembly will be webcast live from the designated web page, with simultaneous interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. This multi-lingual approach ensures that participants from diverse linguistic backgrounds can fully engage with the discussions and deliberations at the assembly, fostering inclusivity and dialogue on a global scale.

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All WHA77 documents

5th WHO Health for All Film Festival and protection of the right to health
Step into a world of cinematic brilliance as the Health for All Film Festival, in collaboration with WHO, takes center stage. Dive into a collection of thought-provoking short films, each highlighting the importance of health equity and access for all.

With renowned figures like Sharon Stone on the jury, your voice matters more than ever. Leave your comments and help nominate the winners. Let's be part of the change together!

We recommend setting aside an afternoon to immerse yourself in these incredible stories. Trust us, they'll touch your soul. #HealthForAllFilmFestival #ChangeThroughCinema

Explore the festival and its selected films here
Primary health care is the "heart", not the "front door", of health systems
A high-level international symposium gathered over 1000 participants in Madrid and online to discuss the pivotal role of primary health care (PHC) in health systems and to inform policymakers of best practices for implementation.

Hosted by Spain’s Ministry of Health, with support from the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the WHO Regional Office for Europe and its European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, the symposium underscored Spain's leadership in driving the PHC agenda forward.

The event marked the release of two significant publications aimed at guiding PHC implementation worldwide.

With global health leaders, policymakers and experts coming together to share best practices and innovative approaches, the symposium represented a significant step towards realizing the vision of comprehensive, equitable and effective primary health care for all.
Launch of WHO/Europe´s first-ever mobile app on primary health care for children and adolescents: digitalized, evidence-based guidance at healht professionals´ fingertips on the "Pocket book of primary health care for children and adolescents"

Primary health care plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of communities, especially children and adolescents. However, disparities in the quality and extent of services provided across the European Region often lead to perceptions of sub-standard care, prompting some to seek hospital-based services instead. Addressing this gap, the Pocket Book of Primary Health Care for Children and Adolescents, launched two years ago, offers vital guidance for primary health care providers.

This comprehensive resource not only sets standards for service provision but also equips doctors, nurses, and other professionals with the latest protocols for managing common conditions in young patients. Now, complementing this initiative, the World Health Organization (WHO) introduces a groundbreaking digital solution—an iOS and Android app. This innovative tool not only mirrors the content of the Pocket Book but also integrates practical features such as a drug calculator and growth chart plotter. By digitalizing this sought-after resource, WHO aims to enhance the delivery of primary health care services for children and adolescents throughout the region, empowering healthcare professionals with accessible and efficient tools for better patient care

The event will take place online on April 29th (Monday) from 14:00 to 15:30 (UTC +3).

The Pocket Book is available for download here
Register to the event here

A digital transformation for primary health care

The Declaration of Alma-Ata of 1978 confirmed primary health care as essential for the achievement of the goal of health for all. The declaration marked a paradigm shift in the global approach to health through focusing primary health care on the needs of communities and on tackling health inequities.

To build resilient national health systems based on renewed and strengthened primary health care, information systems for health need improvement and the use of technologies such as telemedicine need expanding in pursuit of the digital transformation of the health sector.

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People-centred primary health care: a scoping review

Integrated people-centred health services (IPCHS) are vital for ensuring comprehensive care towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC). The World Health Organisation (WHO) envisions IPCHS in delivery and access to health services. This scoping review aimed to synthesize available evidence on people-centred primary health care (PHC) and primary care.

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