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B. Health for All Declaration, 1978.

2.5 World Health Organization's Health for All (HFA) Declaration, 1978 (or Alma Ata Declaration) expressed the need to address improvement in nutrition of both the mother and the child, to impart knowledge about nutrition, in particular, proper feeding of children and nutrition of mothers during pregnancy and lactation13 and the need for urgent action by all governments, health workers and the world community to protect and promote health for all.

It had several goals set out for its member countries, of which one was to provide plentiful supplies of clean water and help to decrease mortality and morbidity, in particular among infants and children.14 Even though many of its goals remain unachieved, this Declaration was an important move in the development of ECD and it beckoned towards a new route for global health.

13 Primary Health Care, Report of the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978, available at; (accessed 9 June 2015).

14 Ibid.

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