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Since the World Health Organization launched its historic quest for "Health for All by the Year 2000" at Alma Ata in 1977, primary health care has been the backbone of international health activity. Primary health care concentrates on child survival, because half of the world's deaths occur in children under 5 years of age and are mainly preventable and because it is (probably correctly) held that confidence in child survival must precede parental acceptance of family planning. Only the latter will prevent doubling of the world's population within the next 50 years. The history and rationale of primary health care
Textbook of International Health. Ann Intern Med. ;112:886. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-112-11-886_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;112(11):886.
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