Country ownership in the spotlight
Realizing the vision of a world free of malaria will only be possible alongside the achievement of universal health coverage (UHC). That was the main message conveyed by ministers and other senior health officials at a side event held on the occasion of the 71st World Health Assembly – the annual meeting of WHO’s decision-making body.
Under the theme of a country-led and country-owned response to malaria and UHC, countries spoke to the importance of malaria as an entry point to provide essential health services. The officials stressed the need to ensure that all citizens, wherever malaria is present, have access to quality services to prevent, diagnose, and treat the disease without facing financial hardship.
Viet Nam has had remarkable success in malaria control, and is now ready to progress from a strategy of malaria control to malaria elimination according to a report of international malaria experts which will be launched in Hanoi.
On the occasion of World Malaria Day 25 April, on 24 April, the World Health Organization in collaboration with the National Institute of Malaria, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) of Viet Nam is organizing the Workshop on Strengthening Investment to Maintain Achievement and towards Elimination of Malaria in Viet Nam.
Launch of a public consultation on the new Declaration on primary health care
The Second International Conference on Primary Health Care will take place on the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. It will be hosted by the President of Kazakhstan, with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-26 October 2018.
A primary health care-led approach is critical to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. The Conference aims to strengthen primary health care as the foundation for UHC, building on lessons learnt over the past four decades. The need for quality primary health care concerns all countries, rich and poor, and is essential for improving health, social stability, sound national economies and health security.
Member States, people, civil society and international development partners are being invited to commit to transforming this new vision into a practical reality—a reality that everyone can share, believe in, take action upon, and benefit from.
We hope you will participate in the call for public comments on the new Declaration on primary health care. The call will be open until midnight CEST on 23 April 2018.