UHC2030 invites input on draft Civil Society Statement for the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Astana (2)

24 September, 2018

Dear HIFA colleagues,

UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) requests input on the draft Civil Society stetement here by Thursday, September 27:


You can provide your comments here:


and/or share your comments directly on HIFA: hifa@dgroups.org

Below are my person comments that I have just submitted (as an individual commentator, not representative)

1. In the opening section:

Are there any additions or changes you recommend? No

2. In the "Who we are" section:

Are there any additions or changes you recommend? No

3. In the "Background" section:

Are there any additions or changes you recommend? The Alma Ata Declaration itself should be included prominently (and indeed primarily) in the 'so many documents precede this moment'.

4. What would you add or take away from the recommendations targeting governments as they relate to: a) governance; b) financing; c) accountability?


5. Are the categories of governance, financing, and accountability sufficient to capture the recommendations targeting governments?

If not, what additional categories would you add?

Quality should be explicitly added as a high-level category.

6. If you suggested an additional category, what recommendations targeting governments should be included under that category?

Health workforce: Governments should commit to ensure that every health worker is empowered with their basic needs. These may be described by the acronym SEISMIC: Skills, Equipment, Information, Systems support, Medicines, Incentives (including a decent salary) and Communication support.

Healthcare information: Governments should commit to progressively realise their obligations under international human rights law to ensure that all persons (general public, health workers, policymakers) have access to the information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

7. What would you add or take away from the recommendations targeting development partners?

The current wording states: 'reaching poor women, children, and adolescents with quality health services' - older people should also be highlighted.

8. Any other comments?

It would be helpful if Civil Society could present a Statement that specifically supports or suggests revisions to specific sections and/or sentences in the Draft Declaration.

9. Name

Neil Pakenham-Walsh

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Astana Declaration + Project


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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 18,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on five global forums in three languages. He also currently chairs the Dgroups Foundation (www.dgroups.info), which supports 800 communities of practice on international development, health and social justice. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org