Q and A with PCI’s new Chair: Dorcas Gwata

Dorcas joined PCI as Chair of the Board at the end of last year.  A Clinical Mental Health Nurse Specialist, originally from Zimbabwe, she is a passionate and experienced global health practitioner. Hear her thoughts and plans for PCI in the year ahead.

Your top 10 PCI stories from 2021

What PCI news stories most caught your eye in 2021? Check-out the top 10 most-read articles from last year – did you miss any of them?

Hearing from healthcare learners and leaders

This summer we oficially launched the PCI Academy with our inaugural online NCD course, in partnership with UNHCR. We now hear feedback directly from some of the primary healthcare workers who have completed the course. Dr. Bashir Dirie Jama from Somaliland, Dr Happy Paulianne Mwete from Burundi, Dr Sila Monthe from Kenya and Edward Vukoni … Read more …

Impacts of our Healthcare Innovation Programme

We’re delighted to share with you some of the impacts and learnings from our 5-year multi-country ‘Healthcare Innovation Programme’ (HIP). The programme focused on strengthening primary care and tackling NCDs through partnerships with a range of partners, from grassroots NGOs to Ministries of Health.

PCI appoints Dorcas Gwata as new Chair

Primary Care International (PCI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Dorcas Gwata as Chair of the Board of Directors. Dorcas will take up this position from November 2021. Dorcas is a Clinical Mental Health Nurse Specialist, originally from Zimbabwe. She has worked widely in the UK’s NHS, and across Africa and Asia. As a … Read more …

The importance of people-centred care in treating NCDs

Confronting the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) requires an approach that is tailored to people, rather than diseases. Organisations that ensure such efforts are community-based and sustainable, and help people better engage with the health system have the best chances of success. Read our article on the importance of people-centred care in Foresight Global Health.

COVID-19 Lessons For Migrant-Resilient Primary Care Systems On A Warming Planet

What do a warming planet and displaced populations mean for delivery of healthcare? As we approach crucial discussions on climate change at COP26, our latest co-authored article, published in Health Affairs, looks at how both COVID-19 and migration due to climate change impact already fragile health systems – and what should de done in response.

Managing chronic diseases after an emergency: piloting WHO Kits in the Caribbean

We’ve recently been supporting primary healthcare workers to pilot the use of WHO’s NCD emergency kits in the Caribbean. Working with PAHO and the Ministry of Health we trained front line healthcare providers in St Vincent and the Grenadines on addressing the needs of people living with chronic conditions in the aftermath of the La … Read more …

We’re fundraising to update COVID-19 guidance for healthworkers globally

We have just launched a new fundraising appeal to allow us to update our online guidance on COVID-19 for frontline primary healthcare workers in resource poor settings around the world. With your support last year we rapidly mobilised to respond to requests for guidance– and quickly shared, for free, online COVID-19 e-learning content in English, … Read more …

A recipe for disaster: COVID-19 and chronic diseases amid humanitarian crises

We know that the combination of COVID-19, chronic diseases and poverty present a global health emergency: a ‘perfect storm’. But what does this mean in places with even greater fragility, conflict and uncertainty, especially now that funding for the humanitarian sector is at risk.