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.

Botswanan trainers lead the way in roll-out of national primary care guidelines

PCI’s partnership with the Botswanan Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW), and Letshego Financial Services, really demonstrates the value of a cascade training approach. Read our guest blog from Dr Gontse Tshisimogo, a public health doctor working in the Botswanan MoHW, to hear about the impact so far.

PCI’s new project in Namibia: supporting the MoHSS

A Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) NCD screening event in Namibia showed that the prevalence of hypertension in adults is up to 40% in some areas. This means a resulting high incidence of stroke and heart disease. PCI is pleased to be supporting the MoHSS, through our Letshego funded Healthcare Innovation Programme, to… Read more »

Our first ever ‘Caring for Refugees with NCDs’ certificate holder!

Congratulations to Edilu Robert, a clinician from Arua, Uganda. Robert is the first of our NCD champions to obtain the certificate as part of our multi-country project with UNHCR. He tells of his experience of working in a refugee setting, and the importance of a team healthcare approach. “It’s a year now since I became… Read more »

From trainee into Trainer: feedback from Afghanistan

Following on from the training that we did in Afghanistan last year – on the use of WHO Emergency Kits medicines and equipment for the management of key NCDs – it’s exciting to see our cascade training model successfully moving forward. Hear directly from Dr Abdul Bari Khuram, a doctor from Afghanistan and one of… Read more »

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 »