Team blogs

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 …

Plastic bottles as inhaler spacers: improving the effectiveness of healthcare using clinical skills

There are more than half a million refugees in the DRC. Healthcare in refugee camps is overseen by the UNHCR, with whom PCI is working in a number of countries to develop care for NCDs. That’s why, in September 2018, PCI’s French-speaking clinical team headed to Kinshasa to train doctors and nurses working with refugees … Read more …

A renewed focus on primary health care: reflections from Astana

PCI’s Jonathan Winter (CEO) and Adam Sandell, (Clinical Advisor), recently attended the Global Conference on Primary Health Care 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Here, Jonathan and Adam reflect on the conference and the key points emerging from it for the PCI team. This conference marked the fortieth anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration, a milestone of … Read more …

Tackling NCDs in Afghanistan: building resilience amidst uncertainty

Dr Sarah Montgomery and Dr Peter Le Feuvre, PCI’s clinical team directors, recently went to Afghanistan to train key medical staff there in the use of WHO Emergency Kits medicines and equipment for the management of key NCDs. The Kits will be deployed to primary health care centres run by the Afghan Red Crescent Society … Read more …

Leave no one behind: NCDs in humanitarian crises cannot be ignored

Globally, non-communicable diseases are now the leading cause of death. And there is a growing awareness that humanitarian emergencies are increasingly occurring in populations who – as a result of changes in demographics (ageing population) and environment (unhealthy diet, tobacco use, physical inactivity) – are already at high risk of NCDs. In increasingly protracted crisis … Read more …

‘Bringing the subject alive’ for future NCD leaders in Lesotho

As an innovator aiming for scaleable systems change, PCI places equal emphasis on developing leaders as it does on clinical training. And so, PCI’s training team have just returned from Lesotho, where they delivered PCI’s Non-Communicable Disease training package to 11 Family Medicine Registrars, who together serve a population of over 200,000 people (nearly a … Read more …

NCDs and poverty: integrating people’s health and economic priorities in Kenya

Through the Healthcare Innovation Programme, Letshego and PCI are piloting innovative and sustainable healthcare approaches in Eastern and Southern Africa. In Western Kenya, PCI is partnering with AMPATH to test a model that addresses both non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and poverty, and the inter-relationships between them in a rural economy. The key question we are asking … Read more …

Training the Trainer in Western Tanzania’s Refugee Settings

As our new programme of work with the UNHCR gathers pace, a PCI team travelled to Tanzania in February to roll-out the “Caring for Refugees with Non-Communicable Diseases” project to operations in Western Tanzania.  From the shores of Lake Tanganika in Kigoma in the far west of Tanzania, we made our way North, winding along … Read more …