Calling for Quality

40 years on from the Alma Ata declaration, world leaders are heading to Kazakhstan this week for the WHO’s Global Conference on Primary Health Care.

A Lancet Global Health editorial notes the declaration’s omission of the word “quality”—foretelling that this would become a headlining obstacle. Poor-quality primary care reverberates through health systems, spurring inefficiency and inequity. One article seeks to fill primary care knowledge gaps in LMICs. 

“Ultimately, ‘quality’ and ‘primary care’ should be indissociable words. Together, they may even carry enough weight to start a revolution,” the editorial notes.

The Lancet Global Health

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