Making comprehensive primary health care a reality in low- and middle-income countries

Comprehensive Primary Health Care

Supported by the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI)

The Primary Health Care Research Consortium (PHCRC) is a global research network with its secretariat at the George Institute for Global Health, India. The consortium aims to reinforce evidence based primary health care (PHC) as the mainstream strategy for universal health coverage in LMICs.   

We are thrilled to announce the launch of a new webinar series “Making Comprehensive Primary Health Care (PHC) a Reality in Low- and Middle- Income Countries (LMICs)”

About the series

In the recent past, several countries have joined the clarion call to strengthen universal health coverage and access through the lens of comprehensive primary health care (CPHC). This series describes critical aspects of CPHC – service delivery models, workforce management, public health and primary care integration, and performance measurement. We share thought-provoking insights from the results of research studies in South Asia, Eastern Mediterranean, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America and deliberate on the context and nuance of enablers and barriers to providing CPHC in resource constraint settings. 

Mark your calendars for 23rd August 2022 | Tuesday | 17:00 IST; 13:30 SAST; 7:30 EST; 21:30 AEST

About the first webinar

Our first virtual session under the series addresses a pertinent question “How do we move from selective primary health care to comprehensive primary health care in LMICs?” showcasing global learnings on the structural barriers and enablers of CPHC in LMICs. 

The session starts with an invigorating panel discussion on the topic followed by a Q&A session allowing the audience an opportunity to engage with experts.  

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  • Dr Emma Iriarte - Project Advisory Committee, The Inter-American Development Bank

    Dr Iriarte chairs the Advisory Committee of the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative (SMI), managed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Carlos Slim Foundation, and the Government of Canada. She has managed, supervised, and led primary health care programs supporting country governments in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


    Dr Emma Iriarte
  • Dr Rohina Joshi - Project Principal Investigator, The University of New South Wales

    Dr Joshi is a Scientia Fellow and National Heart Foundation Future Leader Fellow, is public health physician who works on developing low-cost healthcare models for chronic disease management in resource-limited settings. Her research interests include strengthening health systems using task-sharing between physician and non-physician health workers to deliver quality health care in resource-poor settings.   

    Dr Rohina Joshi
  • Dr Lisa R Hirschhorn - Project Principal Investigator, The Northwestern University

    Dr Hirschhorn works as a Professor of Medical Social Science and Psychiatry and Behavioural Science at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Senior Director for Implementation and Improvement Science at Last Mile Health. Trained in medicine and HIV, she is an expert in implementation research and improvement science, actively applying these methods to improve the quality and equity of care in resource-limited settings including maternal and child health, HIV, primary care, and non-communicable diseases 

    Dr Lisa R Hirschhorn
  • Dr Praveen Devarsetty – Director PHCRC, Program Director, Primary Health Care Research, The George Institute for Global Health, India

    Dr Devarsetty is the Program Director for Primary Healthcare Research at the George Institute for Global Health. He is a public health specialist with thorough knowledge of epidemiological study designs and having a keen interest in systems-based innovations to address inequities related to chronic diseases. He had developed and implemented several large population-based on m-health primary health care programs in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Thailand.    

    Dr Praveen
  • Moderator: Dr Robert Mash, Moderator, Chair, PHCRC Steering Committee, Stellenbosch University and Coordinator, Primafamed Network

    Dr Mash chairs the Steering Committee, is a Professor of Family Medicine and Primary Care at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and co-ordinator of the PRIMAFAMED network in sub-Saharan Africa. He helped to establish the discipline of family medicine in South Africa and subsequently in many other countries across sub-Saharan Africa. He is committed to the development of community-orientated primary care, primary health care and district health services in the region.  

    Dr Robert Mash