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This year is a big year for Primary Health Care.  On the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, the Second International Conference on Primary Health Care will be hosted by the President of Kazakhstan, with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Astana, Kazakhstan from 25-26 October 2018.  The Conference aims to strengthen primary health care as the foundation for UHC, building on lessons learnt over the past four decades.  The Conference provides Member States and other stakeholders the opportunity to renew support for primary health care, considering the significant changes in the social, epidemiological, and demographic landscapes as well as evidence for what works.  The need for quality primary health care concerns all countries, rich and poor, and is essential for improving health, social stability, sound national economies and health security.
 
The commitment to achieve health for all remains as relevant today as it was when it was first articulated.  Ensuring people-centered care that offers universal access, social equity and financial protection with a primary health care-led approach is critical to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
 
On the occasion of this momentous anniversary, Member States, people, civil society and international development partners will commit to transforming this vision into a practical reality—a reality that everyone can share, believe in, take action upon, and benefit from.  In this inclusive spirit, we hope you will take this opportunity to participate in and share the call for public comments on the new Declaration on primary health care through your networks.  The call will be open until midnight CEST on 23 April 2018.