With the 5th Health Systems Research Symposium taking place in Liverpool from October 8 – 12, 2018, we once again remember Kazakhstan. 2018 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma-Ata. The Alma-Ata declaration was signed in September 1978 during the International Conference for Primary Health Care. Its main aim was and is to call all world governments, health workers and development experts to promote and protect health for all.
As seen from the #WhatsYourNumber card circulating on social media, around 18 million more health workers are needed by 2030 to realise the goal of health care for all. Community health workers are essential to achieving this goal. This is why during this year’s #HSR2018, the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Community Health Workers (CHWs) has organized sessions that respond to nine key principles from the Alma-Atta Declaration.