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NCD initiative from Primary Care International

By Debbie Thompson | 23 Sep, 2015

Dear Colleagues,
Are you working to put in place better NCD care? Or have a practical idea for how to improve NCD care in your context? We’d like to hear from you as we launch a new initiative, the Healthcare Innovation Programme.

This initiative is a partnership between Oxford-based Primary Care International, a leading medical educator and BSE-listed, African financial services Group, Letshego Holdings Limited. We would particularly be interested to research ongoing projects and practical ideas in the Letshego footprint countries where the initiative will focus. These countries are Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Namibia.

The Healthcare Innovation Programme
The Healthcare Innovation Programme is seeking to identify, highlight and support high-impact NCD initiatives within primary care. We know it can be challenging to bridge the gap between NCD strategy and real change. So we are researching practical innovations, in order to exchange ideas, showcase the best innovations, and in some cases offer direct support to help healthcare providers contain costs, increase quality and build capability.

Our focus is on the following areas:
• Strategic reviews, helping to identify priorities for healthcare systems in tackling NCDs
• Pragmatic evidence-based guidance that helps clinicians apply national clinical guidelines
• Training programmes and ongoing, long-term skills development for healthcare teams

A particular interest is new business models for healthcare and healthcare initiatives that are embedded in wider economic and community development programmes.

About us
Primary Care International finds sustainable solutions for delivering quality and cost-effective community-based healthcare, particularly in low- and middle-income settings. Our social enterprise was launched in 2014 by Red Whale | GP Update, one of the UK’s leading providers of primary care medical education. We are helping to combat the increasing burden of NCDs by delivering training and strategic support for healthcare staff worldwide.

We look forward to hearing from you, as we seek to identify projects or possible projects with high potential for sustainable impact, either through this discussion thread or directly to .

Debbie Thompson

International Programme Manager
Primary Care International – strengthening community-based healthcare worldwide



EMMANUEL ABATTA Replied at 11:21 AM, 24 Sep 2015

Thank you for this new initiative to address the problem of NCDs.
One of the challenges of NCDs is early screening and diagnosis especially in the community settings in resource constrained countries.
It is also important to note that there is inadequate data to determine the magnitude of the NCDs in some countries. This is due to lack of routine tracking tools focusing on NCDs.
I have personally sponsored some community screenings for NCDs and those that tested positive for one form of NCD or the other were referred to service delivery points, where they are expected to be followed up with care. What I could not achieve is a monitoring or follow up of those referred.
Achieving an effective care for NCDs will involve increasing community access to the screening for NCDs. It is also important for government to subsidize treatment for NCDs.
Currently I am trying to design registers or tools that will enable the tracking of the NCDs at all levels of care.
I will like to be part of your project because will appreciate to receive regular updates on your initiative.

Pratap Kumar Replied at 12:12 AM, 25 Sep 2015

Hi Debbie - sent you an email in response. Please do let me know if you received it (it might've been filtered into spam).

Debbie Thompson Replied at 7:00 AM, 30 Sep 2015

Thank you for your replies through the email as well as through this forum. We have made a note of the responses and projects/ ideas you have suggested and your contact details including those which are currently in countries outside PCI’s – Letshego partnership initial focus. I am replying to each of you individually and hope to keep in touch as this programme develops.

Debbie Thompson Replied at 7:03 AM, 30 Sep 2015

Emmanuel - it would be interesting to hear more about your work. If you would like to keep in touch as the initiative develops please could you send me an email address to Thanks!

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