The 2008 Ouagadougou Declaration, urged member states to revitalize PHC through “Community ownership and participation”. The declaration indicates that in order to improve community ownership and participation, member states are recommended to consider a number of issues including developing a policy and providing guidelines to strengthen community participation, promoting health awareness and fostering the adoption of healthier lifestyle, strengthening community management structures, including empowering communities and ensuring their involvement in the governance of health services through appropriate capacity-building.



The vision of the PHC programme in Malawi is the creation of an environment where every individual, families and communities shall take charge of promoting and sustaining their own health.



The mission of PHC in Malawi is to promote community participation and involvement in the utilization of cost-effective essential health care packages.