40 Years Later, Alma-Ata’s Outlook Is Even More Important

JHSPH’s David Bishai and deputy health officer Henry G. Taylor, son of a principal consultant for the original Declaration, assert that Alma-Ata—“a highlight of 20th-century diplomacy”—was perfectly crafted to address some of today’s biggest health threats like violence, obesity and addiction.
The Declaration’s vision of “people engaged in their own health” through a community-based outlook is a “neglected lesson” in today’s commoditized, “top-down” health approach, write the authors. “When people share an understanding of the factors that keep them from feeling well, they frequently innovate and adopt solutions most appropriate to their situation and at a cost they can afford.”
Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine

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