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Course Overview

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.

  • 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

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.

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