Invitation to attend the Alma Ata and PACK Congress, 25th and 26th October, Cape Town, South Africa

3 October, 2018

Dear Colleagues - we're pleased to share this invitation with you - and hope that many colleagues in primary healthcare service delivery can join us at this Congress.

Invitation: Alma Ata and PACK Congress - Health for All, Leaving no one behind

Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October 2018

Venues: Cape Town, South Africa

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Declaration of Alma Ata calling for universal health coverage and highlighting the central role of primary healthcare in realizing the goal of Health for All. The development of the Practical Approach to Care Kit (PACK) is an example of a low-middle income country response to Alma Ata. PACK aims to equip and empower primary care clinicians and strengthen primary care services.

The Knowledge Translation Unit of the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences, in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health, the South African Medical Research Council and British Medical Journal warmly invite you to a 2-day programme of events in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of the Congress is to: 1) share experiences and learnings from different countries where PACK is being used and reflect on the contribution of the programme in achieving the goals of the Alma Ata Declaration 2) launch a Collection of papers on PACK in The BMJ and BMJ Global Health and 3) launch the PACK Movement to empower frontline providers worldwide to provide universal primary healthcare, the first offering of which will be a free-to-provider eBook of the PACK Adult Guide (Global Edition)

The Congress programme is organized in a series of events over two days: Day 1: Thursday 25th October: 9.00 to 15.00: PACK Round table: Presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions, UCT Lung Institute, Observatory. 16.00 to 18.00: Academic Colloquium: Department of Medicine and Health Sciences Faculty Grand rounds, at venue: Lecture Theatre 2, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory. Day 2: Friday 26th October 9.00 - 13.00: Alma Ata and official plenary: Overview, panel discussions and launches, at venue: Medical Research Council Conference Centre, Belleville

Participants will include Ministry partners, academics, developers and sponsors of the PACK Community from countries who have or are implementing the programme, including South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil and Ethiopia. The Congress is open to anyone who would like to join us attend. Registration for all events is free however we are not able to support travel or accommodation costs. Please RSVP by the 8th October to Deon Salamo at: Deon.Salomo@mrc.ac.za if you are able to attend. We look forward to welcoming you to Cape Town during the culmination of the Alma Ata 40th Anniversary Events.

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HIFA profile: Tracy Eastman is a medical doctor and health manager. She is Director of International development of PACK (Practical Approach to Care Kit), working for the University of Cape Towns Lung Institute Knowledge Translation Unit, South Africa (UCT KTU), in partnership with the British Medical Journal (BMJ). She is based in London. Professional interests: Primary care, Public health, Global health, Health service management, Health IT, Health Knowledge management. Collaboration and partnership to enable and improve health services for the most needy in LMIC communities. teastman AT iafrica.com