PRIMARY HEALTH CARE

IMPROVE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE.

REACH UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE.


Strong primary health care systems are vital to achieving universal health coverage.

Primary health care serves as people’s first and main source for essential services that underpin universal health coverage.

PROGRESS & CHALLENGES


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.

Antenatal Care

Skilled Birth

Vaccines

Family Planning

HIV Treatment

TB Treatment

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TRANSFORMING PRIMARY HEALTH CARE


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.

INCREASE FINANCING

Funding for primary health care is insufficient, with families paying the majority of costs out of their own pockets.

IMPROVE DATA

Governments and partners lack adequate data to pinpoint primary health care delivery gaps and make smart investments.

PHC ADVANCES UHC


Strong primary health care systems help countries achieve universal health coverage efficiently, cost-effectively and equitably.

MEETS 90% OF NEEDS

Strong primary health care can manage 90% of health care needs, leaving patients to rely on hospitals or specialists only 10% of the time.

SAVES LIVES

Countries with strong primary health care see fewer children die before their fifth birthday, and more people live longer, healthier lives.

REDUCES INEQUITY

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.

WITHSTANDS SHOCKS

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