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Share Your Voice for Global Surgery!

Draft II of the Declaration on Primary Health Care


This year marks the 40th anniversary of the historic Alma-Ata Declaration, the first international declaration underlining the importance of primary health care and health for all. Global surgery and anaesthesia were not included in this initial declaration, despite the urgent need for these interventions within primary care. 

The world is uniting again to renew a commitment to strengthen primary health care as part of universal health coverage and the Sustainable Development Goals. A new Declaration on Primary Health Care is currently being drafted and will be published in October 2018 during the Second International Conference on Primary Health Care.  

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We need your input! 

Many of you joined us in submitting recommendations for the first round of input on the draft declaration. The second draft of this document has been released; surgery and anaesthesia care are not yet referenced in the document. Comments on the second draft will be accepted until Sunday July 22nd at midnight CEST / 6pm EDT HERE

We cannot wait another 40 years to ensure that surgical and anaesthesia care are on the global agenda. The 5 billion people around the world who lack access to care are relying on your voice!

Help us ensure that safe surgery is included in the draft Declaration. Our team will provide suggested language below. We would welcome your suggestions and encourage ALL members and partners to submit your feedback directly to the WHO by July 22nd.