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Health for All by the Year 2000


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The goal of the World Health Organization in the 1980s, often mistaken for a slogan. It was resolved by the World Health Assembly in 1977 that the main social target of governments and of WHO should be attainment by all the world's people by the year 2000 of a level of health that would permit them to lead a socially and economically productive life. This goal would be implemented by ensuring access to essential primary health care and reduction by finite amounts of the burden of disease, disability, and premature death. The goal was never achieved because of many obstacles, notably lack of political will to implement measures that would achieve it. The onset of the HIV/AIDS pandemic was an important aggravating factor. See also Alma-Ata Declaration.

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