oa Africa Insight - Towards human-centred development: Primary health care in Africa

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



Some four centuries on, we may legitimately add that while improved health is an end in itself, it is also a prerequisite for any economic and social development, for only healthy people can make the most of their potential. In the development process, good health is both an output and an input. In 1977 the World Health Organization (WHO), in its call for ""Health for All by the Year 2000"", endorsed its belief that health is a fundamental human right and a world-wide social goal. Its 1977 report emphasized that health development is essential for social and economic development; that the means for attaining all three are intimately linked; and that any actions taken to improve health or the socio-economic situation should be treated as mutually supportive, not competitive.

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