Photo story - Community nurses in Romania – the eyes, ears and voice of people in need

Primary health care is about helping people to live the healthiest lives possible and, when they need health care, providing the right care, at the right time, in their communities. It is not only fundamental in making universal health coverage a reality, but is also at the core of any well-functioning health system.

Many countries in the WHO European Region are taking steps to strengthen primary health care. Romania, for one, has begun prioritizing this approach, and since 2017 the community health centre network has been consolidated and the community medical assistance legislation improved. Following 2 community nurses, Cristina Gheban and Ionela Albota, during their busy working day in Cristești Village, Romania, shows us how primary health care can bring about healthier, happier lives.