Delivering primary health care through multi-sectoral policy and action

The arrows are populated by words associated with primary health care, this includes universal health coverage, financing, workforce, quality, integration, multidisciplinary, regulation.

Session three of PHC interest group’s ten-part lunchtime seminar series, “Primary Health Care: The heart of every health system” that will run once a month throughout the 2022/23 academic year. 

The seminar series provides an overview of the key functions and features of Primary Health Care; its potential in achieving universal health coverage and its role in global health. Seminars are led by speakers working in a range of settings. 

Learn more about the rest of the events in this series 

In this session we examine the role and remit of primary care in engaging with wider stakeholders including those beyond the health sector to tackle the upstream causes of ill health. 

This session covers: 

  1. The Declaration of Astana 
  2. The links between the wider social determinants of health and government policy 
  3. The role of Primary Health Care in addressing social determinants and the need for multi-sectoral action 

Professor Jan De Maeseneer and Dr Anna Galle from the department of Public Health and Primary Care, Ghent University, will consider the role of Community Orientated Primary Care, and interdisciplinary and intersectoral working from different health systems. Professor Enrique Barros from Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Brazil will give an overview of the intersection between primary care and planetary health


  • Luke Allen | LSHTM 
    Luke is a GP and a global health policy researcher who has worked on PHC at the WHO and World Bank. 
  • Jan de Maeseneer | Ghent University
     Jan has spent 40 years developing community-oriented primary care in Belgium and was a member of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. 
  • Anna Galle | Ghent University
    Anna Galle is a midwife and primary health care researcher with a focus on maternal health. She has worked in Rwanda, Mali , Guatemala, Central African Republic and Mozambique. 
  • Enrique Barros | Universidade de Caxias do Sul 
    Enrique is a Professor and family doctor in Brazil. Past-Chair of the World Organization of Family Doctors.

This session will be chaired by Luisa Pettigrew, LSHTM and Josephine Exley, LSHTM. 

Please note that this session is online. For those based at the School, you can watch the webinar in LG6 (Rose room).


Follow webinar link. Free and open to all. No registration required



Josephine Exley