Washington, DC, 28 January, 2019 (OPS/OMS)- The Department of Health Services and Systems of PAHO partnered with the Pan American Journal of Public Health to produce a special issue that addresses specific issues in the field of primary care, with the purpose of providing scientific evidence for decision making at different levels.

After recognizing the knowledge gaps still existing in the field of primary health care, an editorial committee of international experts was convened to help refine the topics of interest. At the end of 2017, an open call for articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese was launched. The call requested scientific articles focused on specific areas of knowledge, such as strategies and programs to reduce inequities in health, the increase of response capacity in the first level of care, leadership and governance, and the organization of the community to promote universal health

400 items received

The response of the regional scientific community exceeded all expectations, and the Journal received almost 400 scientific articles. Due to the considerable number of the articles received focusing on Brazil experiences, the PAHO country office in Brazil joined the project. Thus, a special double issue was created with a regional focus of 22 scientific articles, and a special issue focused on Brazil, of 13 articles, both framed in the unifying theme of primary health care and published by the end of 2018.

Since the Declaration of Alma-Ata, in 1978, the countries of the Region have recorded enormous progress and improvements in their health systems. However, in the Americas there are still many challenges, and the articles in the special issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health provide valuable experiences and data that can serve as a basis for regional health decisions and policies.

Links

Access to PAHO Journal www.paho.org/journal

Access to the special issue on primary health care in Brazil

Access to the special number on primary health care in the Region