Throughout the last four decades, the Declaration of Alma-Ata has acted as a linchpin for health policies developed and adopted to achieve the ambitious goal of "health for all."

In the context of Universal Health Day -12 December, we celebrate the achievements of Alma-Ata, recognizing the important lessons to be learnt from the past, while acknowledging the significant challenges ahead. There is a need to identify innovative, inclusive and participatory approaches that will enable multi-sectoral dialogue and consensus building among different actors with due representation from communities, to accelerate transformation of health systems towards the achievement of universal health, and the 2030 sustainable development goals.

universal health 2017

+ 200

participants including Ministers of Health from PAHO Member States from countries in the Americas, civil society representatives, academia and regional health experts.


Government of Ecuador, UNASUR, and the Pan American Health Organization.

When: December 11 - 12, 2017

Where: Quito, Ecuador (By invitation only)

Edificio de la Unión de Naciones Suramericanas (UNASUR), Vía Mitad del Mundo.

Livestream event links are the following: In Spanish -
and in English

pdf Agenda (193.22 kB)


Regional movement for universal health launched (12 Dec., 2017)

PAHO Director calls for building alliances to leave no one behind on the road to universal health  (11 Dec., 2017)

Ecuador acoge reunión regional de la OPS sobre salud universal [available only in Spanish] (8 Dec., 2017]

Photo gallery

Regional Forum: Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years after Alma-Ata

Communication materials

#UniversalHealth #AlmaAta40

Banners - Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years after Alma-Ata

Web banners: Spanish | English

Livestream invitation card: pdf Spanish (1015.64 kB) | pdf English (35.51 MB)

Facebook banners: Spanish and English

Twitter banners: Spanish | English

Screen banners: pdf Spanish and English (84.56 MB)

Banners 24 x 60:  pdf Spanish (32.4 MB) pdf English (33.78 MB) pdf Portuguese (33.78 MB) pdf French (34.11 MB)

Girl drinking water

Link to photo exhibit

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