Is the Alma Ata vision of comprehensive primary health care viable? Findings from an international project

by Ronald Labonté, David Sanders, Corinne Packer et al.
Global Health Action, Vol. 7, 2014, Issue 1 – Published online: 19 January 2017

17 pp. 517 kB

The 4-year (2007-2011) Revitalizing Health for All international research program supported 20 research teams located in 15 low and middle-income countries to explore the strengths and weaknesses of comprehensive primary health care (CPHC) initiatives at their local or national levels. Most research projects used mixed methods, incorporating analyses of qualitative data (interviews and focus groups), secondary data, and key policy and program documents. Some incorporated historical case study analyses, and a few undertook new surveys. Despite the important contextual differences amongst the different country studies, the similarity of many of their findings, often generated using mixed methods, attests to certain transferable health systems characteristics to create and sustain CPHC practices.

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