Primary Health Care

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Primary Health Care: the first step to building healthy families, stable communities and productive nations

Achieving health goals and improving health systems performance begins by investing in primary health care. Strong primary health care systems pave the way for countries to build healthy families, stable communities, productive economies and promote self-reliance. They help safeguard national security as the first line of defense against public health threats, infectious disease outbreaks and other events affecting health systems.

USAID partners with countries to advance primary health care, particularly at the community level. We believe that strengthening primary health care systems cannot be achieved with public sector solutions alone. Our work promotes a mix of public, private and civil society based systems that recognize the power of communities to influence the quality of their health systems, offer greater resources when working together within the health system and lead to more responsive services, lower or equivalent costs, higher standards of quality, greater efficiencies and broader acceptance by local communities.

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Joint Statement from USAID and International Organizations on the Implementation of Primary Health Care [PDF, 74KB]


Community-based primary health care is critical for achieving the sustainable development goals for health and critical for high performing health systems. Evidence shows that if the complete package of evidence-based interventions reaches all mothers and their children at the community and primary health care level, millions of deaths would be averted each year.

To build and strengthen primary health care systems, the public and private sectors, including civil society organizations, need to value communities as full partners in this effort.


Last updated: June 10, 2022

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