Health for All in Bangladesh: Lessons in Primary Health Care for the Twenty-First Century
  Author/Editor: Henry B Perry
Publisher: UPL
Year of Publish: 2000
Produce Cod: 9000032
ISBN: 984-05-1509-8
Price: TK. 500.00, US$ 400.00

About the book

The goal for Health for All by the Year 2000 was adopted by the Ministers of Health from countries around the world who gathered at the Alma Ata (now Almaty) Kazakhstan in 1978 at the International Conference on Primary Health Care. With the arrival of the year 2000, the hope of attaining the goal has vanished. However, reviewing and formulating strategies for ensuring that the goal of Health for Allis attained by all members of the human family as soon as possible is now as relevant as ever. Health for All in Bangladesh contains the most comprehensive information available about primary health care services in Bangladesh, including activities in maternal and child health care, family planning, reproductive health care, nutrition, quality of care, and health care financing. The new major policies in health, population and nutrition that have been recently adopted are reviewed along with major new national initiatives which are just now beginning. Based on this review, a comprehensive set of lessons are drawn from the Bangladesh experience to date, with the aim of creating a vision for how all of Bangladesh's citizens can attain the highest level of health possible. One of the central themes of the book is the importance of the local community, NGOs, and the Government working together, particularly in the effort of improve the health of the poorest of the poor, who need high quality primary care services the most. This book should be of interest of anyone working in the health, population and nutrition fields in Bangladesh and also to those outside of Bangladesh who are interested in issues pertaining to primary health care in developing countries.

Henry B. Perry is an international public health specialist whose major focus if interest is community-based primary health care. He worked in Bangladesh from 1994 until 1999 with the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh, with the global USAID-financed BASICS Project (Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival), and with the World Bank. He holds honorary faculty appointments in the Department of International health at Emory University and at The Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Dr. Perry is the founder of an NGO working in community-based primary health care in Bolivia, South America-Andean Rural Health Care-with which he worked from 1979 until 1994. he has written and published extensively on the subject of health services, health manpower, and community bases primary health care in developing countries, with a focus on Bangladesh and Bolivia.