monitoring health systems from a primary health care perspective

A primary health care approach can help countries equitably maximize the level and distribution of health and well-being by focusing on the needs and preferences of people (both as individuals and communities) as early as possible along the continuum of care – from health promotion and disease prevention to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care – and as close to people’s daily environments as possible.

Member States reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening primary health care towards the achievement of health for all without distinction whatsoever through the Declaration of Astana, adopted at the Seventy-second World Health Assembly Health through resolution WHA72.2 on primary health care, and further emphasized this in the 2019 Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage. More recent events have placed even greater pressure on countries to respond quickly to a global pandemic while continuing to protect people’s health and well-being, further highlighting the need to invest in strengthening resilient health systems based on primary health care.

To continuously strengthen primary health care, countries must be able to assess how decisions, actions and investments address broader determinants of health while improving service coverage, financial risk protection and, ultimately, the health of individuals and populations.

WHO and UNICEF jointly release the benchmark Framework and indicators for monitoring primary health care monitoring health systems from a primary health care perspective, the first ever normative and globally endorsed primary health care measurement and monitoring framework, and the official measurement framework in support of the Declaration of Astana and the Operational Framework for PHC. As countries strive to reorient their health systems around the principles of primary health care, this framework responds to the request of Member States to monitor the performance of primary health care in order to accelerate progress towards health coverage. and other health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

The launch event will be streamed live on this page.

February 28, 2022 I 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CET (interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese and Russian)
February 28, 2022 I 16:00 – 17:00 CET (Interpretation available in French and Spanish)

Key messages

  • COVID-19 has intensified a historic need, opportunity and demand for health systems that protect everyone, in times of crisis or calm. The most powerful action we can take now is to radically reorient health systems towards primary health care as the foundation for health security, universal health coverage and health for all.
  • more and better Action in primary health care depends on more and better data. Leaders need a clear picture of the strengths and weaknesses of their health system to focus attention and resources where they are needed most. No leader should have to govern their health systems from obscurity.
  • the Framework and indicators for monitoring primary health care represented a watershed moment for primary health care measurement and a critical opportunity to accelerate progress globally. It is the first ever normative and globally endorsed primary health care measurement and monitoring framework and the culmination of years of hard work and partnership.
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    Event program

    • Opening speech and welcome
    • Primary Health Care (PHC) Monitoring Framework and Indicators: Overview
    • Primary Health Care Performance Initiative: Working Together to Assess, Track and Monitor PHC
    • Reflections on the implementation of the PHC monitoring framework and indicators
    • Closing remarks

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