Fourth annual meeting of integrated health services delivery focal points

22–23 June 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan

In 2016, Member States unanimously endorsed the approach and areas for action of the WHO European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery at the 66th session of the Regional Committee for Europe. Its endorsement followed a three-year development and consultation period, first launched in September 2013 in Tallinn, Estonia. During this period, a forum of appointed technical representatives on integrated health services delivery from all WHO European Member States was established.

Meeting annually, together with nominated country delegates and invited guests, this network of focal points serves as a unique platform to share country initiatives, exchange lessons learned and take up new evidence. Now in its fourth year, the annual meeting of integrated health services delivery focal points will be held for the first time in the context of the implementation of the WHO European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery.

This year’s two-day meeting on 22–23 June 2017 will focus on the status of primary health care in the WHO European Region to explore demands for tackling acute and chronic care needs in primary care. This focus anticipates the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata and seeks to celebrate this historic event by strengthening the evidence base to strategize responsive and innovative primary health care in the Region.

The main objectives of the meeting are:

  • to present the endorsed WHO European Framework for Action on Integrated Health Services Delivery and its implementation package, and solicit updates from countries on transforming health services delivery in practice;
  • to introduce an approach to describe the status of primary health care in the Region with a view to celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata in 2018;
  • to discuss and exchange practices, focusing on integrating primary health care and hospitals as a priority gateway for transforming health services delivery in the Region and globally.