A health system with a strong primary health care foundation yields better health and wellbeing. Health facilities and workers administering quality primary care are the first line of defense against disease outbreak. They have deeper connections to patients, understanding their lives and health care needs because they share similar contexts. These close relationships improve care and build trust in the health system, creating mutual accountability and ownership that perpetually reinforce the strengthening of the system and the health of the community.
Focusing time and resources on strengthening primary health care systems is not a flashy, innovative way to get back on track for SGD3, but it is the most practical. And though it may seem obvious to global health practitioners, it’s not something governments or the international donor community fund enough. When they do, that funding often doesn’t reach remote communities.