The World Health Organisation' s Director-General, Dr.
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TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE TWO):
MAHLER: "I am referring to such activities as the selection by people outside the developing countries of a few isolated elements of primary health care for implementation in these countries' or the parachuting of foreign agents into these countries to immunise them from above; or the concentration on only one aspect of diarrhoeal disease control without thought for others. Initiatives such as these are herrings that can only divert us from the track that will lead us to our goal. The belong to the distant past of international meddling with national health affairs that I mentioned at the beginning of this address. Such meddling failed then and it will fail now. Indeed, it was partly in reaction to the ultimate effectiveness of such action in relation to its costs that the very concept of primary health care was developed.
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Background: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
The World Health Organisation' s Director-General, Dr. H. Mahler, has warned that some nations were attempting to impose external health priorities on third world nations. The WHO chief, in his annual report to the 36th World Health assembly on May 3 in Geneva, told delegates that such international meddling with national health affairs of developing countries would fail. The assembly is reviewing its declared aim of health for all by the year 2000, as well as primary health care and child health. Dr. Mahler also urged delegates to ensure that the global "Health for All" strategy did not slip into a gigantic exercise in bureaucracy.
Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION TELEVISION