The Alma-Ata Declaration at 40: Words into Action by keynote speaker Rita Thapa

Dr. Rita Thapa represented Nepal at the Alma-Ata Conference, and is Pioneer Chief of Nepal’s Family Planning, Maternal Child Health, & Primary Health Care Project and a former Director of Health Systems & Community Health. The program’s training of village health workers (VHWs) and female community health volunteers (FCHVs) at the ward level remains an important backbone of Nepal’s health system and elevated Nepal to be the only South Asian country to exceed all the Health MDGs.

She is Founding Chair Person of Bhaskar Memorial Foundation and is busy now with the Bhaskar Initiative for School Heart-Health Empowerment Studies (BISHES), an Intervention Study on CVD/NCD Risk Behaviour among school children 10-19 years, using the Alma-ATA principles.

About the Alma-Ata Declaration: On Sept 12, 1978, in the Great Hall of Alma-Ata in Kazakhstan, 134 countries committed themselves to health for all by the year 2000 to be achieved by principles defining “Primary Health Care” (PHC) as an inclusive, community-led, multi-sectoral approach to promoting health and preventing illness and providing curative and rehabilitative services. Professor Carl Taylor, founding chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, attended the conference representing Johns Hopkins faculty who had spent years demonstrating this approach in Narangwal, India. Johns Hopkins alumni have taken the PHC approach to scale around the world. Community-led, multi-sectoral, integrated health promotion and basic health care remain the guiding principle in health systems in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cuba, and several other countries. In effect, Johns Hopkins helped pioneer a method by which people could save their own lives and protect their own health “millions at a time.” On September 12, 2018 faculty, students, and guests will gather to reaffirm the Alma-Ata Declaration as words that have led to action and will continue to guide our efforts leading public health into the future.

Please RSVP at


Wed, September 12, 2018

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM EST


615 North Wolfe Street

Sheldon Hall

Baltimore, MD 21205




In the run up to the 40th Anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration: