‘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 »

Rainclouds, reflection and role play: a report from Rwanda

The first of seven countries set to participate in a second phase of UNHCR project Caring for Refugees with Non-Communicable Diseases, a PCI team has just returned from Rwanda. Our purpose was to help medical staff who work with refugees from neighbouring Burundi and Congo in seven camps dotted around the country improve the care… Read more »

PCI’s Annual Report 2017 is out now!

As we come to the end of another busy year, we are delighted to share with you our  Primary Care International Annual Review 2017 Please do click through to read all about our highlights from the past year and our priorities for the coming year. Seasons Greetings and all our wishes for a peaceful New… Read more »

Training Across Borders Part 2: Improving NCD Care in Southern Syria

Just across the Syrian border from Jordan, Daraa and its surrounding area is currently enjoying a fragile peace. The area’s doctors and nurses, many of whom have themselves suffered losses, are struggling doggedly to provide good healthcare to a population traumatised by war. PCI is working with the WHO to support these health workers as… Read more »