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Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand Runanga Whakapiki Ake i te Hauora o Aotearoa

The Alma-Ata Declaration is considered by many to be the founding framework for health promotion internationally.  It came from an International Conference on Primary Health Care, in Alma-Ata, USSR, 1978.
“The International Conference on Primary Health Care, meeting in Alma-Ata this twelfth day of September in the year Nineteen hundred and seventy-eight, expressing the need for urgent action by all governments, all health and development workers, and the world community to protect and promote the health of all the people of the world ….. “

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Effective co-ordination of primary care beyond treatment and prevention services to include comprehensive disease prevention and health promotion is central to the success of the Primary Health Care Strategy. To achieve effective health promotion in a PHO, public health and primary care practitioners will need to work together.
The purpose of this guide is to assist PHOs and DHBs develop, assess and deliver health promotion programmes aimed at improving the health status of the population and reducing health inequalities. A Guide to Developing Health Promotion Programmes

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World Health Report 2008 – Primary Health Care – Now More than Ever

“Globalization is putting the social cohesion of many countries under stress, and health systems, as key constituents of the architecture of contemporary societies, are clearly not performing as well as they could and as they should.
People are increasingly impatient with the inability of health services to deliver levels of national coverage that meet stated demands and changing needs, and with their failure to provide services in ways that correspond to their expectations. Few would disagree that health systems need to respond better – and faster – to the challenges of a changing world. PHC can do that.”  The 2008 WHO report Now More Than Ever outlines Primary Healthcare (PHC) reforms to mee the health challenges of today’s world.

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Family and child, Policy

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are critical to their long term development. One thousand days is also approximately the duration of one term of parliament. So either way we have about 1000 days to get it right. The future of New Zealand depends on it.”

 

Getting it right in those first thousand days means today’s young children are given every opportunity to develop their full potential as healthy, emotionally mature, socially engaged and well-educated, productive adults.”

 

Read the 2011 report from Every Child Counts.

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