Primary Health Care. Now more than ever. WHO 2008

Why a renewal of primary health care (PHC), and why now, more than ever?

The immediate answer is the palpable demand for it from Member States – not just from health professionals, but from the political arena as well.

Globalization is putting the social cohesion of many countries under stress, and health systems, as key constituents
of the architecture of contemporary societies, are clearly not performing as well as they could and as they should.
People are increasingly impatient with the inability of health services to deliver levels of national coverage that meet stated demands and changing needs, and with their failure to provide services in ways that correspond to their expectations.

Few would disagree that health systems need to respond better – and faster – to the
challenges of a changing world.

PHC can do that.