Lectures for public health students to strengthen integration of primary care in Almaty


On November 17th, the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care in Almaty, Kazakhstan, launched the first of a series of lectures aimed at strengthening the links between public health and primary care.  The Centre intends to equip doctorate and master students of the Kazakhstan School of Public Health - KSPH, in Almaty, with a global health perspective to population-based interventions and how these complement individual services before their placement in key positions across the country.

Ninety-six master of public health and doctorate students will participate in interactive two-hour sessions consisting of a lecture and followed by one hour of discussion. Through a historical perspective, topics discussed include models of primary health care services delivery across the WHO European Region Member States, their key features and system-enabling conditions for progress.

Kazakhstan has a long-standing tradition of championing a primary health care approach to services provision, dating back to the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 1978, which called for national and international action to protect and promote health for all. The integration of services through the modernization of primary care while promoting inter-sectoral collaboration, public health and equity is high on the agenda of the Government of Kazakhstan which launched, in 2016, the National Programme of Health Development “Densaulyk”.

Hosting the Centre, Kazakhstan seeks also to contribute to the provision of people-centred, integrated health services delivery across the WHO European Region.

KSPH is working with the Centre to assess the degree of integration between primary care and public health applying the European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services delivery. The framework was approved by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe early in September this year.