Primary health care

Primary health care is health care received in the community, usually from family doctors, community nurses, staff in local clinics or other health professionals. It should be universally accessible to individuals and families by means acceptable to them, with their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford.

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WHO opens office on Primary Health Care in Kazakhstan

WHO officially inaugurated a new centre for excellence in primary health care in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 11 February 2015. The centre will ensure that WHO/Europe is best equipped to support countries in revitalizing primary health care.

Main terminology

The terms primary health care, primary care, general practice and family medicine are often used interchangeably. Here are short descriptions of how each is defined by WHO.

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