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The emergence of Primary Health Care

How did Primary Health Care become a foundation for the last 40 years of health systems strengthening approaches? Professor McPake explains.

In your country setting, how were your health systems influenced by the Primary Health Care movement (if at all)? If you know something of this history in your own setting, please tell us all about it briefly below.

If you don’t know enough about your health system’s history, now would be a good time to do a little of your own reading about how the Primary Health Care movement, Alma Ata Declaration and subsequent debates have shaped your health system – understanding this history is key to recognising why your health system might look the way it is today (and what may or may not be feasible to implement in future).

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