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 »

Partnering for Impact: what kinds of collaboration are needed to tackle NCDs?

As Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) campaigners gear up for the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs later this month – with the highest ever turnout of global leaders expected to be in attendance – we have been challenging ourselves and our partners to make sense of the rhetoric around ‘multi-stakeholder collaboration’ and ‘multi-sector working’. In… Read more »

A new partnership for PCI in Mozambique: our role in shifting NCD care into primary care

PCI is pleased to be partnering with one of Mozambique’s most established healthcare leaders, Professor Ana Mocumbi, Head of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Research at the Mozambique Institute for Health Education and Research. The partnership will test how strengthening primary care systems and upskilling health professionals in NCD care provision can improve outcomes for patients with… 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 »

Talking avocados and primary care health systems: working in partnership to tackle NCDs in Uganda

Avocados are the “poor man’s’ staple” in Uganda, grown in rural villages and seen as such a common fruit as to be nearly worthless.  Our colleague, Jonathan Nsamba, a nutritionist trained at the London School of Tropical Medicine and NCD project lead for our Kampala based partner “Lifenet”, was amused to hear that they are… 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 »

Clinical Indicators in Primary Care – Why Do They Matter? PCI Reports from Rwanda

For the past year, PCI’s Healthcare Innovation Programme (HIP), in partnership with Letshego, has been working with Health Builders in Rwanda.  Health Builders support primary care health centres by providing mentorship and supervision in five key management areas which include HR, finance, pharmacy logistics, IT and infrastructure. Health Builders have now developed a supervision tool… Read more »