Renewed Primary Health Care in Suriname
Paramaribo, October 7, 2010 (PAHO Suriname) — On 7 and 8 October 2010, the “Renewed Primary Health Care in Suriname "workshop, will be organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health. The workshop is aimed at exchanging international experiences about Primary Health Care (PHC), including experiences in Suriname with the aim of a renewed impulse to the current strategies in the field of Primary Health Care. Besides Surinamese experts there will also be experts from PAHO Washington, PAHO Suriname, Guyana, Brazil, Cuba and Chile.
The objectives of this workshop are:
- Orientating on the World Health Organization (WHO) strategy for the renewal of Primary Health Care
A review of some successful strategies of Primary Health Care in the Caribbean and Latin America
Analyzing the challenges of implementation of Primary Health Care in continuously changing environment
Orientating on the Future of Primary Health Care in Suriname
Primary Health Care is centered on humans and is based on the principle that prevention is better than curing. Primary Health Care indicates the need for cooperation between different sectors and groups of society to come to an effective prevention. It addresses the basic causes of determinants of health, such as unhealthy living and working conditions, access to water and sanitation, healthy lifestyle and an efficient first, second and third line healthcare that are well matched. Good immunization coverage, maternal - and childcare, care for the elderly and the poor are also very important in Primary Health Care.
The purpose of Primary Health Care is the highest attainable standard of health to reach and increase equity and solidarity of the health system. Some important principles of Primary Health Care are efficient responses to the health needs of the population; a commitment to quality; the responsibility of the government; social justice; sustainability; intersectorial participation. Suriname has achieved substantial progress in health care and the implementation of Primary Health Care, and of course there are always opportunities to continue further reinforcement. The disease patterns of the population are not static, and the response must therefore be dynamic. For example; we see a shift from infectious diseases (including malaria) to chronic diseases (such as diabetes and cancer). In this context, the workshop aims at supporting the efforts of Suriname health care for the continuous upgrading and transforming the way this care is provided in the country.