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Insight into Health


Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO

“I do not believe will be able to reach the Millennium Development Goals unless we return to the values, principles and approaches of primary health care... Decades of experience tell us that primary health care is the best route to universal access, the best way to ensure sustainable improvements in health outcomes, and the best guarantee that access to care will be fair."

“We will not see a significant improvement in the health of women until they are no longer recognized as second-class citizens in many parts of the world.”

Zweli Mkhize - KwaZulu-Natal premier

“This kind of battle can only be won if we recruit everybody to be soldiers in the fight for quality of health.”

"We need to be activists for better health. We should look for opportunities of how people's lives can be improved outside of hospital wards and doctors' rooms."


World Health Organisation Constitution

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of diseases and infirmity."



Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury - Health activist

“Ill health is an important factor that forces the poor to remain poor. If they make a little bit of money, one episode of illness can wipe them out."



Global Health Council

"When it comes to global health, there is no 'them'... only 'us.'”




Jim Carroll - Futurist, trends & innovation expert

"By 2020, we had successfully transitioned the health care system from one which "fixed people after they were sick" to one of preventative, diagnostic medicine. Treating them for the conditions we know they were likely to develop.”

“We need big thinking, because the health care cliff in the Western world is massive. In many countries, we’ve got a ratio of workers to retirees of 4 to 1. By 2030, that will decline to 2 to 1. Most of those workers support the health care expenditures of those who place the greatest demands on the health care system.”

Eric Dishman - Director of health research and innovation for Intel

"We have the potential to aim our innovation engine at the age wave challenge and change the way we do health care from a crisis-driven, assembly- line, hospital approach to a personal-driven approach, with people taking care of themselves with help from family, friends and technologies,”

Henri Frédéric Amiel (27 September 1821 – 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.

"In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.”



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