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The first side session Professor Laetitia Rispel attended was called: “PHC: breaking the silos to make it happen”. Laetitia argued that Public Health is multidisciplinary by nature. She presented the Global Charter for the Public’s Health as an enabling framework to break down silos across levels of care and government ministries.

Laetitia concluded with a three-key message. First, she underlined the importance of shared values and philosophy on equity and social justice, which are central to the original Alma Ata declaration.Then, she insisted on the value of equal coalitions, partnerships and collaboration based on mutual respect. Finally, she highlighted the resilient health systems with PHC as the foundation.

Then she represented the WFPHA at a second session called: «Who needs to be in the modern primary health care team to achieve universal health coverage?". She pointed out the importance of taking into account the country’s global and economic development context in the discussion. She also claimed that a move towards inter-professional collaboration instead of making the case for each professional group would be a better alternative. Moreover, Laetitia reminded that the original Alma Ata declaration was also about community participation and intersectoral collaboration, hence the person, or patient should be at the centre of health care delivery and the healthcare team should work from that premise.

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