Last year the UN expanded their focus NCD areas to include mental health. With World Mental Health Day taking place this week it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues and the responses taking place around the world. At PCI our partners have started to ask us to include elements of mental health more in our work supporting primary care. Then this year we really had the opportunity to put this into practice through working with Libyan clinicians.
When I told friends and family I was going to Burundi, many of them had to reach for a map. This was my first project visit with Primary Care International. We were in Burundi to provide training in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as hypertension and diabetes, to healthcare workers in the UNHCR health centres in both urban settings and in the camps.
Adopting an iterative, pragmatic approach to guideline writing, the PCI clinical team has just concluded the co-writing of national level treatment guidelines for South Sudan. Drawing on a diverse bank of resources, our collaborative methodology enabled us to rapidly appraise the evidence base and produce high quality guidelines on a breadth of topics within just… Read more »
The PCI team recently carried out a training with Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Jordan on providing NCD care in humanitarian settings for clinicians and medical programme managers working in MSF clinics in the region. This was the first time we used a ‘blended learning’ approach, where participants completed an e-learning course in advance of the… Read more »
PCI is excited to be continuing our partnership with AMPATH and supporting their innovative work on primary healthcare. A key area of focus in this next phase will be the development of an ‘Operational Guidance’ manual: a practical guide to systems and infrastructure needed for setting up and running primary healthcare services. This will ensure… Read more »
We attended a group care meeting in Webuye, Kenya today and had the privilege of meeting Mercy*, who had just been diagnosed with diabetes. Mercy is a new member of a microfinance group there and had just been seen by a clinical officer for NCD screening. As part of the BIGPIC* project, health care clinics… Read more »
It’s exciting to see the next steps taking place within our ambitious project of decentralisation of non-communicable disease (NCD) care in Mozambique. This pilot project is a result of a new partnership between PCI and Professor Ana Mocumbi’s research team at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS)- the National Public Health Institute, facilitated by the… Read more »
PCI recently carried out a training of trainers on mental health care to Libyan doctors as part of a broader DfID-funded/WHO led project on primary care. There has long been a push to include mental health care as part of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) care provided at primary care level. At the UN High Level Meeting… Read more »
I am back in Uganda to see how our NCD pilot project with our partner LifeNet, supported by Letshego, is progressing. In particular I am looking forward to learning how the health centres are getting on implementing new systems and caring for the newly enrolled NCD patients. We have come to Mbirizi, a small health… Read more »
Our trip to UNHCR refugee camps in Uganda was an opportunity to see how far our ‘NCD champions’ had come since our initial training visit and it did not disappoint. Nine months after receiving training on delivering NCD care at primary care level, the Ugandan UNHCR NCD champions were able, through a health systems approach,… Read more »