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What is the Declaration of Alma Ata?

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Posted July 8, 2012 at 4:22 AM via web

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What is the Declaration of Alma Ata?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 8, 2012 at 5:52 AM (Answer #1)

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The Declaration of Alma- Ata formulated a clear stand that all governments must promote a program of high quality and readily accessible health care for all of its citizens.  The declaration clearly makes the argument that health care is a universal right that can be seen as inalienable for a people to receive and intrinsic for a government to provide or support:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, and a fundamental human right.

The declaration spoke to eliminating the vast inequalities in health care in many nations in the world.  It also spoke to how governments must focus in reallocating their budgets away from military spending and towards development of new health care initiatives and seeking to ensure that citizens' health is placed at the forefront of domestic conern.  The conference argued that since health care is a universal entitlement, nations should consider working together both medically and financially in ensuring that citizens benefit from collaboration on the health care issue.  The declaration and the conference that spawned it suggested the year 2000 as the year when all nations can proclaim that their people from all over the world have ready access to quality health care.  The Declaration was ahead of its time and outside of it, as the battle for quality health care still rages on today in many parts of the world.

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