First meeting of the Primary Health Care Advisory Group

20–21 June 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan

In late 2016, the WHO Regional Director for Europe established the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG) based on a commitment to continuing the advancement of primary health care (PHC). Its membership was carefully developed to convene renowned experts on PHC and representatives of interest groups. The newly established WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care (WECPHC) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, serves as its secretariat.

The PHCAG functions as a source of expert advice and advocacy to champion PHC. It also serves as a platform for exchanging expertise to inform a vision for the continued innovation of PHC. This is key to working towards integrated health services and people-centred health systems in the WHO European Region.

On 20–21 June 2017, WHO/Europe will officially launch and welcome the members of the PHCAG to the WECPHC under the leadership of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health. In the context of implementing the European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery, the guiding theme for the meeting will be exploring the readiness of PHC for managing future needs.

The meeting seeks reflections and expert advice from its members to help define the conditions for PHC readiness, assess its current status and flag critical considerations that address the following questions.

  1. Is PHC ready for the future?
  2. What must PHC look like in order to respond to the needs of the future?

The main objectives of the meeting are:

  1. to launch the work of the PHCAG at the WECPHC in Almaty, Kazakhstan;
  2. to discuss and debate the responsiveness of PHC, including acute and chronic care needs, services delivery processes and system enablers for integrated health services delivery; and
  3. to provide advice on pertinent topics related to the international conference planned to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata.