President Tokayev proposes to create coalition of countries on primary health care

President Tokayev proposes to create coalition of countries on primary health care

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev proposed to create a coalition of countries on primary health care with the support of WHO. The association will make it possible to promote the principles of prevention and health protection as well as to develop joint recommendations. It is worth reminding that today a plenary session of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, dedicated to the 45th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration and the fifth anniversary of the Astana Declaration, was held in the city of Astana. Those documents played a major role in improving the international healthcare system. Furthermore, the Alma-Ata Declaration has inspired many countries to take action to improve people’s health, recognizing it as a fundamental human right.

“The Alma-Ata Declaration also played a pivotal role in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates, as well as increasing life expectancy in many countries. By now, many states have built national healthcare systems driven at the core by primary healthcare. This was reconfirmed five years ago in the Astana Declaration,” said the Head of State.

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of primary health care, which allows for early detection of epidemics. The Kazakh President emphasized that public health organizations around the world had demonstrated their resilience and adaptability, and expressed his gratitude to all health workers for their contribution to humanity’s fight against COVID-19. Separately, the Head of State spoke about the development of the healthcare system in Kazakhstan, particularly, its digitalization. Telemedicine and remote monitoring increase access to medical care, especially for those living in remote areas.

“The entire child population of the country is covered by preventive medical examinations. There are youth health centers in almost every major settlement. Moreover, every year about three million adults undergo screenings and professional examinations. To provide village residents with equal opportunities to receive medical services, we have been carrying out large-scale reforms. Since 2018 the number of primary care village clinics has grown threefold,” added the Kazakh President.

President Tokayev meets with WHO head Tedros Ghebreyesus

The Head of State discussed cooperation with the World Health Organization with its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge. President Tokayev underscored Kazakhstan’s active efforts to strengthen its healthcare system for post-pandemic recovery and to achieve the main UN goals in the field of public health. The meeting also addressed matters related to cooperation with the WHO within the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the implementation of a roadmap to support health and well-being in Central Asia for 2022–2025.