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The Alma-Ata Declaration at 40: Words into Action
September 12, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Organized by the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
Keynote address by Dr. Rita Thapa.
Dr Thapa represented Nepal in Alma Ata and is Pioneer Chief of Nepal’s FP MCH, & Primary Health Care Project and a former Director of Health Systems & Community Health, as well as Founding Chair Person of Bhaskar Memorial Foundation.
About the Alma-Ata Declaration: On Sept 12, 1978, in the Great Hall of Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan, 134 countries committed themselves to health for all by the year 2000 to be achieved by principles defining “Primary Health Care” (PHC) as an inclusive, community-led, multi-sectoral approach to promoting health and preventing illness and providing curative and rehabilitative services. Professor Carl Taylor, founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, attended the conference representing Johns Hopkins faculty who had spent years demonstrating this approach in Narangwal, India. Johns Hopkins alumni have taken the PHC approach to scale around the world. Community-led, multi-sectoral, integrated health promotion and basic health care remain the guiding principle in health systems in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cuba, and several other countries. In effect, Johns Hopkins helped pioneer a method by which people could save their own lives and protect their own health “millions at a time.” On September 12, 2018, faculty, students, and guests will gather to reaffirm the Alma-Ata Declaration as words that have led to action and will continue to guide our efforts leading public health into the future.