"health, which is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, is a fundamental human right"
Thursday, June 08, 2006
The Story Behind Alma-Ata
The Declaration of Alma-Ata was created during the first International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan in 1978. This conference, put together by the World Health Organization and United Children's Fund (UNICEF), brought together over 134 countries to discuss the delivery of health care throughout the world. The final declaration adopted outlined 10 major principles which for the first time recognized health as a fundamental human right, as well as outlined a gradual plan to provide health for all by the year 2000. Unfortunately, we have not seen the goals of this conference come to fruition. Our rationale for choosing this as a title for our website was to revive the spirit and ambitions of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. (The actual Declaration of Alma-Ata can be found in the links section on the right side of the page).