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Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2013 Jul;3(3):299-305. doi: 10.4103/2141-9248.117923.

Revisiting public health challenges in the new millennium.

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Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.


Positive Health of the communities could only be brought out through the interrelationship between conventional health sector and other development sectors. It was a dream that came true when World Health Organization (WHO) accepted Primary Health Care (PHC) as the major tool to achieve its proposed goal of Health For All (HFA) by 2000 A.D., but we could not succeed as expected. Now we have the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), which place health at the heart of development but the achievements in health is still challenging. The literature search in this article has been conducted in Pub Med and Google scholar, with the aim to draw references to discuss the major health issues and ways to tackle them. The current article briefly narrates the burden and complexities of challenges faced by the present global health. Revisiting the concept of PHC and reaffirming our solidarity to this philosophy is the need of this hour.


Asia; Development goals; Millennium; Primary healthcare; Public health; Public health challenges

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