The concept of Comprehensive Primary Health Care (CPHC) focuses on health system efforts to improve equity in healthcare access, community empowerment, participation of marginalized groups, and actions on the social determinants of health. Despite its existence since the late 1970s, very few studies have been able to highlight the outcomes of this concept – until now.
Revitalizing Health for All examines 13 case studies chronicling efforts to implement CPHC reforms from countries around the globe, including Australia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, South Africa, and more. The findings presented originate from an international action-research set of studies that utilized triads of senior and junior researchers working with knowledge users from each country’s public health system. Primary healthcare reform is an important policy discourse both at the national level in these countries and in global conversations, and this volume reveals similarities among CPHC projects in diverse national contexts. These similarities provide a rich evidence base that future CPHC reform initiatives can utilize to improve health equity.
Ronald Labonté is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University.
David Sanders is a professor emeritus and founding director of the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape.
Corinne Packer is a senior researcher in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
Nikki Schaay is a senior researcher in the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape.