Report on Participation in the Primary Health Care Conference and the 73rd Session of the WHO Regional Committee (23.-26. October 2023)
45 years after the historic signing of the Alma-Ata Declaration on primary health care in Kazakhstan, the Conference on Primary Health Care and the WHO Regional Committee took place in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana. Julija Vita Glas, a member of the International Youth Health Organization (YHO), represented Slovenia as a youth delegate during these events.
During the initial day, the delegation participated in the conference titled “Primary health care policy and practice: implementing for better results”, which discussed achievements and challenges in providing primary health care for the global population.
At the end of the day, the youth representatives presented the Youth-led Outcome Statement, in the creation of which the International Youth Health Organization also took part. It can be found here: Youth-led Outcome Statement.
The following day marked the commencement of the 73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee. During the general discussion, countries made statements, with most of them calling for peace. The second day of the session focused on presenting the operations of the WHO European region in the coming years and a general discussion on this topic. On the third day, several public health plans were considered and later accepted. These plans included an action plan for refugee and migrant health for 2023–2030, a framework for action on the health and care workforce for 2023–2028, and a roadmap on antimicrobial resistance for 2023–2030.
In conclusion, the engagement in the Primary Health Care Conference and WHO Regional Committee sessions in Astana emphasizes a commitment to transformative healthcare, with youth actively contributing through initiatives like the Youth-led Outcome Statement. This collective effort moves us toward a more inclusive and sustainable health landscape, stressing the crucial role of the younger generation in shaping our global health agenda.