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COVID-19 in Africa: Managing the Outbreak in Primary Care Settings

Learn how to better manage COVID-19 patients in African primary care settings where patient attendance is down due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 in Africa: Managing the Outbreak in Primary Care Settings
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Enhance your knowledge of COVID-19 patient care and the virus' impact in Africa

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been a decrease in primary care attendance noticed across peri-urban settings in Africa.

Alongside patient fears over attending a virus hotspot, it’s known that primary care providers feel unprepared to manage patients with COVID-19 like symptoms.

On this course for primary healthcare providers, you’ll learn about the outbreak of COVID-19 in Africa.

You’ll find out about safe patient management including PPE, infection prevention and control, and the wider health impact of the pandemic.

You’ll also learn how to develop trust in low and middle-income countries that primary care settings are able to meet the international COVID-19 safety requirements.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds Hello, I’m Dr. Mohammad Razai from St. George’s, University of London. In a few short weeks, a localised outbreak of a respiratory illness in a Chinese city became a pandemic that has affected almost every country, society, and aspect of modern life. We are heading towards an uncertain and challenging future which requires preparedness, knowledge, as well as commitment to sharing and learning from experts and each other. With a huge amount of information coming in every day, with news and advice about COVID-19, it can be difficult to make sense of the information relevant for front line clinical practice. For this course, we will take participants through the most useful and up-to-date research and guidance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds By the end of the programme, we are hopeful that participants will have received a concise, practical, and where possible, evidence-based approach to dealing with COVID-19 in primary care.

What topics will you cover?

The course will cover what you need to know and what you need to do in relation to the Novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in primary care. Topics we will cover include:

  • Background of COVID-19

  • Current situation in Africa

  • When to suspect COVID-19 infection in primary care

  • Safe assessment of suspected cases

  • Infection prevention and control

  • Management of acutely unwell patients

  • Management of those with mild symptoms in home isolation

  • Consultation tips and advice on keeping your practice running safely

  • Mitigation of the psychological and mental health effects of COVID-19

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop understanding of COVID-19, and specifically its impact across Africa
  • Identify procedures for prevention and control in primary care, and safe management of personal protective equipment for medical staff and patients
  • Describe the correct management plans for patients on home isolation
  • Apply the necessary measures to keep your primary care services running and routine care

Who is the course for?

The aim of this course is to help clinicians contribute to a gradual return to the patient volumes observed before the outbreak in Africa.

The course is designed for primary care providers operating across the African continent, with a particular focus on upper lower to lower-middle-income populations where information sharing can be difficult.

This may include non-physician clinicians (NPCs) known as clinical officers (COs) across selected African countries.

The course will help patient populations in urban and peri-urban areas who have access to primary care facilities that predominantly offer outpatient services (although in some cases these extend to inpatient services).

Whereas specific reference to the wider African healthcare system will be made, this course remains applicable, in principle, to all low and middle-income primary care practices.

Who will you learn with?

Chief Strategy Officer at Ilara Health, a Nairobi-based health-tech company

Academic clinical fellow in primary care at the Population Health Research Institute, St George's University of London

Angela heads the laboratory projects at Ilara Health, a Nairobi-based health-tech company

Product & Strategy Lead at Ilara Health, a Nairobi-based health-tech company

Dr. Caleb Mike Mulongo. International Health Specialist (Health Finance & Systems Strengthening) at Tunu Consulting Hub, Nairobi.

Matiko Riro is a Technical advisor at Ilara Health. He is a medical doctor based in Nairobi, Kenya and has an MSc in Health Economics.

Who developed the course?

St George's, University of London

St George’s is the UK’s only university dedicated to medical and health sciences education, training and research.

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