This section hosts guidelines, manuals and toolkits to strengthen public health practice.
This Strategy for Primary Health Care aims to accelerate progress in all countries of the South East Asia Region towards universal health coverage (UHC), health security and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is intended to provide Member States with guidance on facilitating PHC-orientation through the identification of seven values and 12 strategic actions that collectively embody the philosophy and practice of PHC, enunciated in the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata and reaffirmed in the 2018 Declaration of Astana. The Strategy is aligned with and advances the commitments made by Ministers of Health at the Seventy-fourth session of the Regional Committee through the Declaration on COVID-19 and measures to build back better essential health services to achieve UHC and the health-related SDGs. It recognizes that while COVID-19 has highlighted critical health system gaps, it has also catalysed or expanded innovations in community engagement, digital technology and reorganizing primary care services. It is intended to be a living document that will be reviewed throughout the implementation period. It is a useful document for implementers. Click here to read the strategy document.