Astana to host Global Conference on Primary Health Care
The world’s top medical professionals will gather in Astana for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care on October 22-23. The event will be dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the Astana Declaration and the 45th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration, as announced by Kazakh Health Minister Azhar Giniyat. She highlighted that the conference will be attended by WHO and UNICEF leadership, as well as delegations from around 80 WHO member states. According to Giniyat, this will help Kazakhstan in adopting the best global practices in the healthcare sector.
“Since last year, there has been active implementation of WHO-approved projects of best primary health care practices based on the ‘Patient-Centered Approach’. In 2023, these practices are being applied in 48 primary health care organizations throughout the country, both in urban and rural areas,” Giniyat said.
The minister also highlighted a significant increase in funding for outpatient care in the country. Thus, over the past three years, consultative and diagnostic assistance has increased sevenfold, and the availability of MRI scans has increased sixfold. By the end of 2025, a total of 655 primary health care facilities will be built in rural areas.