9:30—11:30 AM
Center for Global Development
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Making Primary Health Care Happen: From Aspirations to Reality

Policymakers are convening at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana to mark the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata and renew their commitments to building strong primary health care (PHC) systems. While there has been tremendous progress in deploying PHC services to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries, there are major gaps between aspirations and reality. The renewed global commitment in Astana is an opportunity to underscore why and how a proactive focus on PHC can be central to the UHC2030 agenda.

This event co-hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD), John Snow, Inc. (JSI), and Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI) will assess major outcomes emerging from Astana, provide a reality check on challenges countries are facing, and reflect on the role of the global health community going forward.

Join us for two back-to-back panels (agenda and speaker list below) that will bring programmers, planners, and implementers together with funders, policymakers, and global health financing experts to discuss why strong PHC matters for UHC; the key barriers, including policy and implementation challenges; as well as ideas to ensure greater equity, quality, and efficiency in PHC. Read more on CGD's work on PHC here.

Conversation: Why Is It So Hard to Achieve Strong Primary Health Care? (9:30 – 9:50am)

Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, CGD
Lauren Weber, Public Health Policy Reporter, HuffPost

Panel 1: PHC 40 Years On: What Works and What Needs to Happen Next (9:50 – 10:35am)

Nabeela Ali, Country Representative in Pakistan, JSI
Clinton de Souza, Director of Public Health, Imperial Logistics
Binyam Fekadu Desta, DCOP for USAID Transform: PHC project/JSI lead
Rose Macauley, Country Representative in Liberia, JSI

Panel 2: PHC Measurement for Improvement and Accountability (10:45 – 11:30am)

Ariana Childs Graham, Director of Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI
Vin Gupta, Assistant Professor of Global Health, IHME; Non-Resident Fellow, CGD
Natela Ménabde, Executive Director of the WHO Office at UN, WHO
Jeremy Veillard, Program Manager for PHCPI, World Bank


Janeen Madan Keller, Center for Global Development
Beth Tritter, Primary Health Care Performance Initiative
Craig Burgess, John Snow, Inc.


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