First Annual Global Health Symposium on the future of Community Based Primary Health Care and Reproductive Health in LDCs
Theme: “Making a difference by using simple solutions-to improve health for all by reducing avoidable disease, disabilities, and deaths”
September (Exact date will communicated soon), 2010; Venue: Kampala, Uganda
Community based Health care – the purposeful generation of knowledge and practice, that enables societies to organize themselves to improve health outcomes and health services – is rapidly emerging as one of the most dynamic and complex areas of health research and programming. Awareness is growing among politicians, policy-makers, healthcare providers and researchers that the evidence base to support the theory and practice of strengthening health systems is not strong, especially in low-and middle-income countries. Moreover, the scientific foundations for health research and programming are in need of significant development and improvement. Calls for more effective and better primary health care and reproductive health programmes are not new but they have recently been given a boost.
In 1978, the World Health Organization sponsored the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Representatives of more than 100 ministries of health attended, and they described a goal in which everybody in the world would attain a level of health that would permit them to lead socially and economically productive lives by 2000. They named that goal "Health for All" The conference reinforced the concept of community-based health care as a fundamental means through which health, especially among poor populations, can be improved.
Since 1978, community-based health care systems have been credited with helping many people, but they also have been overshadowed by programs that promote specific interventions, such as individual drug therapy. Now, 22 years after the Alma-Ata attendees stated a desire for "Health for All," GHNU has invited some of the re-known practitioners and researchers to review primary health care and reproductive health situations around the world.
Universal Heath coverage- A case for Community based-PHC and Reproductive Health
This first Global Health symposium is dedicated to improving the scientific evidence needed by health policy-makers and practitioners to inform their decisions related to accelerating universal health coverage-through community based model. Achieving and sustaining universal coverage requires attention to a broad range of issues that are central to health systems performance. This includes drawing on the six interdependent health system building blocks – finance, workforce, services, technologies, information, and governance – and understanding how policies and programmes from within and beyond the health sector can be developed and implemented effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
Although universal health coverage is highly country and context specific, rigorous scientific research has the potential to generate evidence to inform better policy and practice within and across countries; For example, robust methodologies could be instrumental in identifying how the services for water and sanitation, hygiene, HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, immunization and maternal and child health can be scaled up to reach the poor and disadvantaged more quickly and sustainably in low-income countries; Similarly, prospective monitoring and evaluation of health coverage policies in middle-income countries can help to better target the vulnerable populations and make important mid-course corrections.
In recognition of the historical importance of the Alma-Ata declaration, and of the abiding interest in Primary Health Care (PHC) from a range of stakeholders, Global Health Network-Uganda is holding its first annual Health symposium, on the 23rd July, 2010. A range of leading speakers will use the available evidence to address both the promise and the pitfalls of PHC and Reproductive Health, from a range of perspectives and discuss the continuing relevance of such concepts to improvement of world health.
Key themes and objectives of the Symposium
I) Systematically review PHC & RH and promote novel methods of improvement
· Highlight successes & failures of PHC in the last 30 years
· Evaluating the lessons learned: The value of community participation
and community health workers for PHC & RH improvements;
· Examine the threats / challenges to the PHC& RH approach and how to
II) Understand the approaches to health policy for PHC & RH at the domestic and national level.
· Outline the tensions between disease specific programmes,
Reproductive Health and PHC approaches (how can they be
· Consider the implications of PHC & RH for decision makers (donors,
governments, research funders, academic institutions) in the future.
· Facilitate greater research collaboration and learning communities
across disciplines, sectors, initiatives and countries
· Find approaches to engage in PPPs
III) Identify strategies to improve the micro and macro level health care
· Identify mechanisms for strengthening capacities – individual,
institutional and infrastructural – for research and practice, on
community based PHC & RH in low- and middle-income countries.
· Integrated delivery of interventions for neonatal, maternal and child
health in PHC.
· Role of community participation in PHC.
IV) Address inequalities in PHC and RH
· Exposing inequalities in health, giving special focus to social
determinants of health, primary health care and reproductive health.
· Evaluating the roles of PPP/PFI- providing best case scenario
for LDCs, for more effective and efficient PHC & RH delivery (e.g.
what are the responsibilities of the private sector in health care?
‘what are there limits of health care responsibilities?’)
V) Promote policy mechanism that will achieve comprehensive PHC and RH
· Achieving Comprehensive and Multidisciplinary Primary Healthcare:
Challenges and Opportunities
· Training Community Health Workers to be the Lifeline of a Village
The symposium programme is in development. Details will be posted soon. It will include:
· Plenary sessions
· Discussion sessions
· Networking time in breaks and over meals
· The Marketplace: the meeting hub for exchange of ideas.
The First annual Global Health Symposium on PHC & RH offers many opportunities to meet and network with other participants. The Marketplace is one such opportunity, which lasts throughout the meeting. If you represent an organization or institution that would like to display its projects, new initiatives, publications or products to other participants – provided that these are relevant to the theme of the First Global Health Symposium on PHC & RH– you can request a stall in the Marketplace.
There will be stalls for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations at the Marketplace. Please indicate on the market stall request form which category applies to your institution. No goods or services may be sold in the Marketplace or the Symposium venue. All requests need to be approved by the Symposium Secretariat for suitability to the programme and to the objectives and mandate of the Symposium.