Thirty-second session


Health Systems Support for Primary Health Care

         The Regional Committee,

         Having considered the document presented by the Regional Director on health systems support for primary health care;*

         Taking into account the salient provisions of the Global and Regional Strategies for Health for All by the Year 2000 pertaining to the development of health systems based on primary health care;

         Recalling the declaration made at the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma-Ata that primary health care must be an integral part of the health system rather than a separate entity;

         Realizing that there must be continuous effort, sustained at high level, to promote, develop and implement primary health care;

  1. URGES Member States, as part of their national strategies for health for all:
    (1) to launch systematic campaigns to promote better understanding of primary health care among political leaders members of the health sector and of related sectors, and to secure their cooperation through the establishment of mechanisms for effective coordination;
    (2) to strengthen their health planning mechanisms and to reorient and develop their health infrastructures in support of primary health care, including provision of the necessary facilities, transport, equipment, supplies, and referral mechanisms;
    (3) to study and develop effective means for community involvement in health development;
    (4) increasingly to orient the planning and the development of health manpower programmes in support of primary health care;
    (5) to consider means of increasing resources for health, including the study of alternative means of financing and improvement of programme budgeting and analysis, as well as means of containing the rising costs of health care and of ensuring greater efficiency in the use of resources;
    (6) to improve their managerial and supervisory capabilities;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to provide technical, research, and information support to Member States in their efforts to promote and implement primary health care as the basis of the health system;
    (2) to generate political and financial support; and
    (3) to monitor, within the Region, progress in attaining the objectives of this resolution.

* WPR/RC32/7

24 September 1981

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