A number of countries have made great strides on primary health care, yet others continue to struggle to reach people with the care they need.
If countries and donors are serious about reaching universal health coverage, they must work harder and faster to transform the world’s primary health care systems.
Funding for primary health care is insufficient, with families paying the majority of costs out of their own pockets.
Governments and partners lack adequate data to pinpoint primary health care delivery gaps and make smart investments.
Strong primary health care systems help countries achieve universal health coverage efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably.
Strong primary health care can manage 90% of health care needs, leaving patients to rely on hospitals or specialists only 10% of the time.
Countries with strong primary health care see fewer children die before their fifth birthday, and more people live longer, healthier lives.
Spending on primary health care can help reduce health inequity, with the poor more likely to access primary health care services than hospital-based care.
Primary health care providers act as early warning systems when they see signs of disease outbreaks and can mitigate the effects of crises that arise.
Sources: World Health Organization and World Bank, Primary Health Care Performance Initiative