I do hope that all of you here will forgive me if I stray into your professional territory for a few moments before you begin your deliberations. Those of you who work in the area of health may consider it presumptuous of me to do so. However, as the Imam of a Muslim Community spread over twenty countries I have of necessity become something of a student of health care. To me, basic health, education and housing are crucial stepping stones in the process of personal and national self-realisation and growth. In the area of health I am convinced that where health interventions are planned and designed to achieve specific objectives within an overall development effort then these interventions will support and reinforce Government social and economic investments and lead to substantial benefit in the development process.
–His Highness the Aga Khan, at the conference “The role of hospitals in primary health care” Islamabad, Pakistan (22 November 1981)
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