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Abstract

This paper examines enacting community-based primary healthcare programs and initiatives. It looks at the weaknesses of past attempts, the successes of current attempts, and gives insight into ways everyday citizens can change the way the world does healthcare. There are social, economic, and political barriers as to why these programs are not enacted. Since 1978, Member states of the United Nations strive towards healthcare for all. The original 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata sets the bar at achieving this goal by the year 2000. Now in the 21st century, the world still battles inadequate healthcare. Nations continue to strive towards the goal of health for all, and many healthcare professionals advocate for enacting community-based initiatives. This paper seeks to bring light to the issues of modern healthcare, and hopes to encourage everyone to support community-based programs so that in the near future the world can have true health for all.