oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Management and education for primary health care: part I

Volume 27, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Whilst the Alma Ata Conference marked the end of the beginning for primary health care it certainly did not mean the beginning of the end. We have hardly yet begun! Despite the rallying cry of ""Health for All by the year 2000"" I doubt that we shall achieve it, if we are to retain the WHO definition of Health as ""a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing"". With the numbers involved and the constraints and restraints placed upon our endeavours, we shall indeed be fortunate if at the end of this century we have made clear decisions and substantial gains. For what we are really calling for is a quiet revolution in both the delivery system for health care and the educational program through which it may be accomplished.

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