Team blogs

Listening and learning: my experience of PCI’s NCD training in Burundi

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.

PCI’s teamwork supports development of national guidelines in South Sudan

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 »

A ‘blended learning’ approach to training: focus on practical NCD management skills

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 »

Update on our partnership in Kenya: expanding access to quality health care

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 »

Community primary care in action

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 »

Decentralising NCD care in Mozambique

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 »

An update from our inspiring Ugandan NCD Champions

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 »

Seeing the impact of cascade training in Botswana

PCI is working with the Ministry of Health in Botswana to strengthen the primary care system through a sustainable cascade training programme for doctors, nurses and other community based health professionals. Dr. David Mazza, one of PCI’s clinical team, recently revisited our partners in Botswana to observe and mentor a cohort of ‘Master trainers’ whom… Read more »