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Primary Health Care Interest Group

Supporting collaboration and learning on Primary health care (PHC) to inform the global policy agenda.

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PHC is core to the achievement of sustainable development and, in particular, universal health coverage. The 2018 Astana Declaration reaffirmed the values and principles of the Declaration of Alma-Ata, viewing PHC as a foundation for a sustainable health system.

Researchers at LSHTM work on PHC in countries across all levels of development.


During the 2022/23 academic year we hosted a  ten-part seminar series “Primary Health Care: the heart of every health system. It provides an overview of the key functions and features of PHC, it’s potential in achieving universal health coverage and its role in global health.

This academic year we will be holding seminars on the role of primary care in the climate change and health landscape, the opportunities that AI presents and how we can support countries to adopt empanelment.

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PHC is a “whole-of-society approach to health that aims to ensure the highest possible level of health and wellbeing and their equitable distribution by focusing on people's needs and preferences (as individuals, families, and communities) as early as possible along the continuum from health promotion and disease prevention to treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care, and as close as feasible to people’s everyday environment.”

The PHC Interest Group aims to provide a community for researchers, providers and policymakers interested in PHC, to develop and foster stronger connections, showcase PHC research, share learning and strengthen knowledge in this area

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Primary Health Care: The heart of every health system

This ten-part seminar series provides an overview of the key features and functions of PHC, the potential of PHC in all health systems and its role in achieving universal health coverage. The sessions draw on examples across different settings.

Watch the recordings of all the seminars online now:

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