At PCI we recognise that a one-size-fits-all package won’t work. As practising primary care clinicians, we understand the needs of busy clinicians working with limited resources. We work alongside our partners to develop evidence-based, pragmatic, actionable guidance, learning resources and toolkits for primary care delivery, drawing on our global experience as well as international evidence. We ensue these are adapted and appropriate to the context and community and with an emphasis on person-centred care. Our highly-regarded ‘Clinical Guides’ offer adaptable, pragmatic guidance on clinical care in humanitarian, low- and middle-income settings. They are free from pharmaceutical industry influence, aligned to the WHO Essential Medicines List and available in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese.
Developing e-learning resources on diabetes in Mexico
Our partnership with the Better Health Programme Mexico supported primary healthcare workers to tackle NCDs. This Programme was an initiative of the British Embassy in Mexico, as part of FCDO´s Prosperity Fund, operated by DAI. PCI’s role in the project was focused on the in-service education and training of primary healthcare workers with a particular focus on skills for prevention and treatment of obesity and diabetes. The route to scaling this learning is via digital methods, so the primary focus in the first stage was the creating of mobile-first e-learning (online/offline). We have developed 30 hours of interactive learning focused on the prevention and management of obesity and diabetes.
Supporting the roll out of WHO guidance in Jordan
We’ve been working with the World Health Organisation in Jordan to operationalise their ‘Global Hearts’ guidance – a package of measures aimed at strengthening the management of cardiovascular diseases in primary health care. In collaboration with the WHO and the Ministry of Health we have co-developed tailored guidance to ensure that good quality primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease is provided to people through multi-disciplinary primary care teams. PCI worked with an expert panel of Jordanian clinicians, healthcare leaders and academics to agree optimum clinical thresholds adapted to the country context. Together they have developed plans for the adoption of the new guidance through a programme of dissemination and training.
COVID-19 e-learning module
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated our digital plans as we rapidly developed and scaled our digital offer, launching an open access COVID-19 online module hosted within our new PCI Academy digital learning hub. Available in English, French and Arabic, the concise, pragmatic content is written by primary healthcare workers for primary healthcare workers – providing tools and guidance in adapting primary care in resource-poor settings. The modules tackle a range of topics from screening and triage, clinic operations, health workforce planning through to continuity of essential services (especially regarding management of chronic conditions) including mental health – and are being regularly updated as international guidance is also updated.