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Will There Be Another Alma-Ata?

What of the declaration from 1978 promising "Health for All"?

Thirty years have gone by since the “Alma-Ata Declaration” – adopted on September 12, 1978 at the end of an international conference on primary healthcare at Alma-Ata in the then Soviet Union (now, Almaty in Kazakhstan) – set the goal of “Health for All” by the year 2000, to be realised through universal, comprehensive primary healthcare.

The declaration, non-binding on the member-states of the United Nations, came at a time when the first and the second worlds were contending among themselves for advancing their respective power and influence in the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the third world was pushing for a “new international economic order”. The world has since changed so very dramatically that one wonders if one should at all look at Alma-Ata 30 years on. Hardly had the dust in the aftermath of the declaration settled down when neo-liberalism as an ideology and as an agenda began its hegemonic ascent. So what of Alma-Ata?

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