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[Comment] How primary health care can make universal health coverage a reality, ensure healthy lives, and promote wellbeing for all

40 years on from the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978,1 primary health care (PHC) is at a defining moment. Progress in the uptake of PHC across the world has contributed to raising global standards of health care and improving health, including a revolution in child survival and dramatic improvements in life expectancy. However, we are still far from addressing the determinants of health and the growing health needs of the 21st century and from realising a vision for health supported by health systems oriented around PHC.

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