Short Report – Special Collection: African Health Systems

Strengthening management of non-communicable diseases in primary care, Malawi: A short report

Amos Mailosi, Christina Miller, Catherine Hodge, Serah Msimuko
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 13, No 1 | a3053 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v13i1.3053 | © 2021 Amos Mailosi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 May 2021 | Published: 03 December 2021

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Amos Mailosi, Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi; and, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Family Medicine, Nkhoma Mission Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi
Christina Miller, Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi; and, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Family Medicine, Nkhoma Mission Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi
Catherine Hodge, Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi; and, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Family Medicine, Nkhoma Mission Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi
Serah Msimuko, Family Medicine, University of Malawi, College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi; and, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Family Medicine, Nkhoma Mission Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi


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Abstract

Within the community-orientated primary care module for training family physicians at the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Malawi, a relationship was formed between Nkhoma Mission Hospital’s Family Medicine Department and the Diamphwe Community Health Centre (HC) to strengthen the continuity of healthcare and capacity team building. The initial focus was on improving the management of hypertension and diabetes in terms of diagnosis, tracking of the patients in a registry and timely referral to secondary care facilities The relationship has received positive support from Diamphwe healthcare workers, which then improved the management of non-communicable diseases and patient care at Diamphwe. It has also shown how family medicine physicians can improve HC capacity through support and mentorship.

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primary care; Malawi; collaboration; non-communicable diseases; resident education; capacity building

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