Discover Research on Primary Health Care and Universal Health Coverage
César E. Abadía-Barrero
The 72nd World Health Assembly gathers in Geneva from 20-28 May, 2019, focusing this year on Sustainable Development Goals and health, including Universal Health Coverage. WHA delegates will be discussing WHO’s continued commitment to Primary Health Care (PHC). In his report on Universal Health Coverage, the Director General writes of primary health care as a “cornerstone” to enable health systems to adapt to complex and rapidly changing events, to address the social determinants of health, and to ensure a people-centered approach (http://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_wha72.html, A72/12).
As I illustrate with Mary Bugbee, medical anthropologists have made substantial contributions to understanding health reforms to increase coverage, and the contested role of primary health care and community health workers to deliver bottom-up, comprehensive, intersectoral and truly transformative health care. Our work provides important insights into the topics to be discussed during WHA deliberations. In this special virtual issue, we include ethnographic studies from France and Burkina Faso, Romania, Senegal, Pakistan, South Africa and Colombia. In our introduction, we highlight how this and other work reinforces the need to focus not only on those most marginalized by conventional systems of care, but also on how political and economic actors at the global, national, and local levels are influencing the revamped interest in PHC.
Read on to discover the research.
Medical Anthropology - Primary Health Care and Universal Health Coverage
|Article Title||Author(s)||Journal Title||Volume||Issue|
|Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage? Contributions for a Critical Anthropological Agenda||César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero and Mary Bugbee||Medical Anthropology|
|Moving Beyond Neoliberal Models of Health Care||Carole Browner||Medical Anthropology|
|Accumulation by Dispossession and Public–Private Biomedical Pluralism in Romanian Health Care||Sabina Stan and Toma Valentin-Veron||Medical Anthropology||38||1|
|Haunting Expectations of Hospital Births Challenged by Traditional Midwives||Fouzieyha Towghi||Medical Anthropology||37||8|
|Data Performativity, Performing Health Work: Malaria and Labor in Senegal||Marlee Tichenor||Medical Anthropology||36||5|
|Out-of-Sync Cancer Care: Health Insurance Companies, Biomedical Practices, and Clinical Time in Colombia||Camilo Sanz||Medical Anthropology||36||3|
|Ambiguous Capture: Collaborative Capitalism and the Meningitis Vaccine Project||Janice Graham||Medical Anthropology||35||5|