New paper in PCI’s Primary Care Practice series: WHO NCD kits as an entry point to training in emergencies

The third paper in our Primary Care Practice series is out now. Entitled ‘WHO NCD kits as an entry point to training in emergencies’

In this paper, we explore the WHO Non-Communicable Diseases Kit (NCDK) initiative, which aims to enhance the management of patients with NCDs in emergency settings, particularly in regions with displaced populations. NCDs represent a significant global health challenge, accounting for 86% of deaths in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2022a). Our study focuses on a collaborative effort between PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) and PCI (Primary Care International), accelerated by a volcanic eruption in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) that led to the displacement of thousands and strained the healthcare system already grappling with COVID-19.

This paper provides valuable insights into this initiative’s rapid response to empower healthcare workers and improve NCD care during crises. Read the full report here.

The transformative power of integrated primary care

With special thanks to the authors: Julia Beart, Saria Hassan, Ros Kirkland, Peter Le Feuvre and Sarah Montgomery, and to Dr Catherine Kanari for editorial support. The Primary Care Practice series is all about Catalysing Change Through Learning: it provides a platform to showcase the transformative power of strong, integrated primary healthcare, and aims to capture learning from PCI projects that can be accessible to all, inform future application and generate debate on the wider application of PCl-trialled intervention models.