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The Alma-Ata Declaration at 40: Words into Action by keynote speaker Rita Thapa
Rita Thapa is the Chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations. She is a signatory of the Alma-Ata Declaration on behalf of Nepal and has spent her career as a feminist educator and community activist having founded Tewa and Nagarik Aawaz. She has extensive experience building links among community, NGOs, governmental, and academic institutions. She was named an Ashoka Fellow in 1998.
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.