In the last year an international medical education charity based in St Leonards on sea has delivered over 1,500 days of teaching and training in 59 programmes in 34 different countries to over 4,000 healthcare professionals.
PRIME Partnerships in International Medical Education has over 250 highly experienced tutors who volunteer their time, experience and passion for teaching excellent compassionate healthcare. They also help support and resource over 650 individuals around the world with teaching materials and regular publications to enable them to teach and practice healthcare based on sound scientific knowledge and clinical skills, to consider the effects of illness on the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and to provide care with integrity and generous compassion.
In the UK press recently there has been lots of grumbling about access to doctors and our ‘crumbling’ NHS system. In reality almost all the time we can access free, top quality healthcare relatively easily without travelling miles from our homes. This is not the case in many parts of the world were access to healthcare facilities and access for continued professional education may be rare or even non-existent.
In fact over a billion people worldwide lack access to even the most basic healthcare, often because there are no healthcare workers.
This year, as well as ongoing training programmes, PRIME are hoping to:
- Make all our publications available electronically
- Increase our training programmes for PRIME tutors, particularly in Africa and America
- Expand our nurse training
- Support a new GP diploma in Egypt, Nigeria and Uganda
- Train and support university lecturers at medical schools in several countries, including Ethiopia and Swaziland
- Further expand our work in the UK
- Broaden the use of the Values Added programme in the UK and other countries
- Engage further with healthcare chaplains, church and community leaders to provide access to healthcare for some of the poorest communities in the world
- Expand our office-based support and resources team
Last year PRIME’s teaching programme would have cost most NGOs over £600,000 but thanks to PRIME’s wonderful volunteer tutors the charity’s turnover was just £102,000. A donation to PRIME goes a very, very long way.
Find out more about PRIME on their website www.prime-international.org