LETTER FROM DHAKA: HOW CAN WE REINVENT PUBLIC HEALTH?

By HILARY STANDING, Fellow on Health in the IDS KNOTS Team and Director of Realising Rights Living in Dhaka is a daily lesson in the extremes of human urban existence. This is a city of around 12 million packed into a surprisingly small area. It has huge slum populations and dense housing even in the…

CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

by GERRY BLOOM & HILARY STANDING, STEPS Centre members It is thirty years since the Alma Ata Declaration outlined an international consensus on the need to provide universal access to primary health care (PHC). During the ensuing years some countries established well-organised government health services in which PHC played an important role. Many others were…