WHO Bulletin (November 2020) on primary health care (2) Recently published articles on primary health care and community health

7 November, 2020

Dear colleagues and friends interested in primary health care and community health:

I am so pleased to let you know that the Bulletin of the World Health Organization has just released its November issue which focuses on primary health care. Included are a forward by the Director General Tedros Adhanom and important articles that continue to emphasize the critical need to strengthen PHC in order to accelerate progress in achieving global health goals and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

You can access these articles at https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/11/en/.

From my personal standpoint (an admittedly biased perspective!), the best article in the series is entitled “Communities, universal health coverage and primary health care.” Emma Sacks led the development of this paper along with Meike Schleiff, Miriam Were, Mushtaque Chowdhury and myself. A copy is attached [*], and here is the link: https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/11/20-252445.pdf?ua=1.

I was disappointed that the contribution of community health workers to strengthening PHC was not given more emphasis. I actually submitted an article to the Bulletin on this topic to be included, but it was rejected.

I was very pleased to see an important article calling for essential surgery to be considered as part of the primary health care system - a view I have espoused for quite some time now. You can see this article at https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/11/20-252056.pdf?ua=1.

Have a good weekend!

Best wishes,


Henry B. Perry, MD, PhD, MPH

Senior Scientist, Health Systems Program

Department of International Health

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Baltimore, MD, USA 21205

Hperry2@jhu.edu; 443-797-5202

HIFA profile: Henry Perry is a Senior Scientist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. Professional interests: Community health and primary health care. hperry2 AT jhu.edu

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments but the article is freely available here: https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/98/11/20-252445.pdf?ua=1 ]