Civic programmatic participation in public health: the case of Argentina

Cad Saude Publica. 2019 Aug 12;35Suppl 2(Suppl 2):e00243218. doi: 10.1590/0102-311X00243218.
[Article in English, Spanish]


Since the Alma Ata World Health Organization Conference in 1978, countries around the world have adopted institutions that promote the participation of citizens in their public health systems. The main objectives of this article are two-fold. First, we describe the origins and implementation of a national-level civic participatory program that was in place in Argentina in the mid-2000s: the Local Participatory Projects (Proyectos Locales Participativos). Second, we analyze the 201 local participatory projects that were carried out in Argentina between 2007 and 2008. We study health and environmental problems that prompt people's participation in the program and the social dynamics through which such participation is executed.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Argentina
  • Community Participation* / history
  • Female
  • Health Planning / history
  • Health Planning / methods*
  • Health Policy* / history
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Local Government
  • Male
  • Primary Health Care / history
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Social Participation