Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública/Pan American Journal of Public Health is seeking original research papers and other works dealing with primary health care.
The papers are for a special issue that will be published in 2005 as part of PAHO’s celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the world’s first International Conference on Primary Health Care, which was held in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan (former Soviet Union) on 6–12 September 1978. A result of that landmark event was the Declaration of Alma Ata, which established the goal of “health for all by the year 2000” and called for a worldwide plan of action that focused on primary health care as the key to attaining that goal.
Papers submitted for publication can be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese and can cover any issue related to structure, processes, and outcomes in primary health care. There is particular interest in documenting the strides made since Alma Ata in countries of the Region in terms of equity, access, coverage, referral systems, and attention to the needs of vulnerable segments of the population; health education and promotion; preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services; food supply and proper nutrition; supply of safe water and basic sanitation; maternal and child health care and family planning; immunization against the major infectious diseases; prevention and control of locally endemic diseases; appropriate treatment of common health problems and injuries; provision of essential drugs. Special consideration will be given to papers devoted to researching and evaluating primary health care programs in Latin America and the Caribbean that have yielded quantifiably good results or that are notable examples of community participation or inter-sectoral action or of efficient use of available financial and human resources. Materials on the role played by international organizations, multilateral agencies, NGOs, etc., will also be considered, along with opinion pieces on unfulfilled goals, ways to attain them, and areas that require improvement.
All original research papers will be submitted to peer review, and acceptance will depend entirely on scientific merit. The deadline for submission of all manuscripts is September 15, 2004.
Address for submitting papers:
Pan American Health Organization
525 Twenty-third Street NW • Washington, DC 20037
Tel.: 202-974-3055 • Fax: 202 338-0869