Authors : Duggal, Ravi
Published Year: 2000
Seminar, No. 489, May 2000, pp. 15-19
We are into year 2000 but where is “Health For All” as vowed by WHO member nations at Alma Ata in 1978? Year 2000 was selected to be that magical year by when all people of this world were projected to have access to primary health care. Since then the situation has barely changed. The countries that could not provide basic health care to its people then, continue to be unable to do so even today. It is not as if there is a lack of resources – more drugs are produced, the private health sector has grown geometrically, people are spending much more out of pocket, newer technologies are available etc – but those not having access to primary health care have increased in numbers.