Re-Imagining Child Health Through Primary Health Care: A Series

May 22, 2024 - September 26, 2024

Join the Child Health Task Force’s Re-imagining the Package of Care for Children subgroup, WHO, and Global Communities for a series in which we will discuss key strategies, challenges, and innovations in delivering integrated child-centered health services to children within the primary health care (PHC) framework.

Series Background: The majority of essential interventions for UHC can be delivered using a PHC approach. Links of primary health care to better health outcomes, improved equity, increased health security and better cost-efficiency make primary health care the cornerstone of health systems strengthening. It plays a crucial role in meeting a significant proportion of healthcare needs, with studies suggesting that PHC addresses up to 80% of individuals' healthcare needs.

PHC approach to health combines: (a) primary care and essential public health functions (EPHFs) as the core of integrated health services; (b) multisectoral policy and action; and (c) empowered people and communities. PHC stresses early detection and management of diseases which reduces the burden on higher-level healthcare facilities, enhancing efficiency and cost-effectiveness. By prioritizing health promotion and education, primary health care empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health, fostering trust and continuity of care. PHC serves as a tool for addressing health disparities and promoting equity by reaching underserved populations and communities and promoting quality and resilience. 

Session 1: Why Now? A Global Push for PHC

Session Overview: Our first session provided an overview of PHC and look into how PHC has evolved over time. We learned about donor investments in PHC as a strategy to accelerate progress in health and survival of children. We heard from Burkina Faso's Ministry of Health on how Burkina Faso has prioritized primary health care in practice. 


  • Dr. Valerie Zombre Sanon, Director of Family Health, Burkina Faso Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene

  • Dr. Nancy Lowenthal, Director, Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Global Health Bureau

  • Dr. Mickey Chopra, Lead Health Specialist, Health Nutrition and Population Global Practice, World Bank