The Alma Ata declaration of 1978 was a pivotal moment in public health, stating primary healthcare would be essential to obtaining the goal of “Health for All” by the year 2000. That vision proved to be a mirage, yet a renewed commitment by WHO and the United Nations to universal health coverage means that 40 years later, the approach championed by the Alma Ata declaration remains an enlightened and forward thinking blueprint for countries striving to achieve health for all. In support of these principles and to further the debate, this special collection brings together content on the progress and future of primary healthcare.
Over the past quarter of a century, child mortality has more than halved. Yet in 2016, globally, an estimated 5.6 million children died before reaching their 5th birthday, most from readily preventable, treatable conditions. Two decades ago, Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI) was introduced by the World Health Organization and Unicef as a global strategy to “reach all children” with prevention, diagnosis and treatment for common childhood illnesses. This collection of articles describes findings from the strategic review of IMCI and iCCM, seeking to provide thoughtful, transparent, evidence based examination of past measures and current best practices, and to consider future needs when rethinking global and national child health strategies.
High quality research—and the evidence that it yields—is essential for improving global health and health equity, as well as economic development. In 2009, member states of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) approved a regional policy on research for health in the Americas, the first such WHO regional policy. This collection explores how this research can drive effective and efficient health systems across the Americas, and offer insights and perspectives on developments and challenges following the implementation of these policies.
What should we eat in order to stay healthy and avoid disease? Nutrition is one of the biggest drivers of chronic diseases, including obesity and diabetes, yet the answer to this seemingly simple question remains a subject of heated debate. This collection brings together some of the world’s most thoughtful and influential voices in the field of nutrition and health, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to help make sense of the state of current knowledge, the quality of the evidence on key issues, the extent and implications of potential disagreements between experts, and the agenda for further research.
The BMJ in partnership with The Harvard Global Health Institute have launched a collection of articles that will explore how to achieve effective Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The collection highlights the importance of quality in UHC, potential finance models, how best to incentivise stakeholders, and uncovers some of the barriers to true UHC.
The BMJ in partnership with and funded by The Health Foundation have launched a joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. This series discusses the evidence for systematic quality improvement, provide knowledge and support to clinicians and ultimately to help improve care for patients.
The BMJ is running a series of articles reflecting on the health of the NHS as it approaches its 70th birthday on 5 July 2018. As well as looking at what the NHS has achieved over the 70 years it has been in operation, The BMJ's coverage will also consider how the NHS might need to change to face the challenges that lie ahead.
This BMJ collection analyses progress in the evolution of Chinese medical research in four important areas—evidence informed policy, guidelines development, real world evidence, and big data.
The BMJ's collection of papers on assisted dying covers a wide range of personal, professional, and religious opinion on a controversial subject that divides doctors, the general public, and parliaments' representatives worldwide .
This collection examines ways in which cross sectoral working, and wider societal engagement are necessary to successfully achieve the sustainable development goals.
This collection provides an overview of the political, social, and economic problems caused by AMR in the WHO South East Asia region.
This collection provides an overview of the World Bank’s evolving role in global health and follows on from The BMJ's 1999 series on the World Bank by discussing changes in global health governance since the millennium.
This collection brings together leading health experts from across the region and internationally to discuss health priorities and identify evidence based solutions to shape health policy and interventions.
This collection examines the evidence and the thinking that form the basis of a new global strategy to improve maternal and child health in the world’s poorest and high burden countries.
This spotlight series of articles on patient centred care explores how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way in which healthcare is designed and delivered, so that it meets the needs and priorities of patients better.
The war on drugs has failed, and The BMJ says it's time for doctors to lead calls for pragmatic reform informed by science and ethics. This collection brings together our recent articles on this topic.
In May 2017 a new director general of the World Health Organization will be elected. Watch Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Suerie Moon interview the candidates.
A collection of all BMJ resources on the Ebola outbreak.
A collection of all BMJ resources on Zika virus.
Gareth Iacobucci examines the key challenges facing the NHS in 2017 and looks at how the service can overcome them.
This collection looked at the key issues in the run up to the EU referendum and the immediate aftermath of the results.
Does being admitted to hospital at the weekend increase your risk of dying? This collection covered the debate about the so-called weekend effect.
This BMJ collaboration accelerates evidence into practice, to answer the questions that matter quickly and transparently through trustworthy recommendations.
The erasure of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician, from the UK register has made doctors anxious and raised questions about what’s next for the patient safety agenda. Read our latest coverage.