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Welcome to the Summer Newsletter! “…the best conference I have ever attended anywhere” (Conference delegate). This year’s Annual Conference were days filled with a growing sense of growth and effectiveness. Many of the sessions led by overseas tutors featured how they can adapt basic PRIME teaching to fit the culture in which they work. One session was led by Dr Shari Falkenheimer, who heads up Medical Education International from the USA, and who has recently been awarded a PhD on her research into what aspects of PRIME teaching make it so culturally effective, and revealed amazing things that had been developed by those who had attended PRIME courses of which we were unaware! (Read Shari’s thesis here) One major feature is the way that PRIME has caught on in South America and the Portuguese-speaking world. PRIME tutors Jorge Cruz (vascular surgeon) and nurse tutor Luciana Fernandes have, at great personal cost, pioneered this work in Mozambique, where it won the approval of the previous Prime Minister, and in Brazil where as you will read, PRIME’s first tutor training in Portuguese-speaking South America as a part of their ICMDA Lusophone world conference. Teaching with them was Dr Celso Belo from Mozambique. Celso attended a PRIME programme in Portugal in 2008, where he had won a three month bursary as top student in his year, and committed himself to patient-centred medical education. He is now Medical Director of Nampula Medical School, the newest of only three medical schools in that country. Another aspect of the breadth of PRIME’s work is illustrated in the recent visit by PRIME tutors to Sierra Leone. Those attending the training consisted principally of community health officers and nurses - but also included doctors, the chaplain of the country's main hospital, a representative of the Imam and a church leader who also heads up a large primary school. (con’t…)

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In this issue: Welcome! >> •

Save the dates!

The battle for Hastings…

10th ICMDA Portuguese Conference, Brazil

Benefits of whole person medicine

The PRIME Annual Conference

Turkish baths in Bosnia Herzegovina

Seizing every opportunity in Nigeria

Mozambique

Help restore the heart of healthcare


There are now plans by PRIME in Nigeria to link up and help develop PRIME tutors in Sierra Leone. We are constantly aware of the incredible dedication of healthworkers in the poorer parts of the world. Many of them, including doctors have no paid post and work sacrificially as volunteers – and we still miss PRIME’s former main tutor in Sierra Leone, the ebullient and always smiling Dr Olivet Buck, who was one of the several hundred health workers who gave their lives in bringing the Ebola crisis to an end. When four of us met in 1995 to plan a one-off course aimed at GPs in the south east corner of England we had no idea of how far that work would grow. We now have active groups in every continent (except Antarctica!) and network members from 80+ countries. Far beyond what we could ever have envisaged… A participant at the Conference sent me notes from the memorial service of Douglas Moulton who founded FEBA Christian radio that supports community development broadcasting topics as varied as emergency response, health and wellbeing, the church in community in many languages covering a huge area of the world. Douglas is quoted as saying, “You do see many things that go beyond your own vision and say …I didn’t realise my God was that big!” I hope you can get a glimpse of that in the stories in this newsletter. With this ever increasing activity to resource, our costs and the workload on our existing staff continue to rise. We are grateful to our tutors who work for no financial reward and for those of you who support by financial commitment – but we do desperately need to increase finance and staff. Could you consider becoming a supporter? John Geater, MBE PRIME International Director

SAVE THE DATES! PRIME Tutor+ Conference Date: 23/25. 11. 2017 Venue: Leicestershire, UK

A three-day conference for those who have attended an introductory PRIME conference or event but wish to be more involved with PRIME in the future. The programme will focus on moving forward with PRIME and developing tutor and leadership skills.

PRIME Annual Conference 2018 Date: 21/24. 3. 2018 Venue: Northampton, UK

PRIME’s Annual Conference has become a wonderful place for meeting and encouragement. All levels of interest in PRIME are included - from those ‘just looking’ to those already involved in PRIME’s teaching in many different settings. Bursaries available for this conference. Deadline for applications 30th November 2017.

Contact the office for more information 01424 775435 admin@prime-international.org

1 year 23 countries 56 programmes over 715 days of teaching reaching well over 4,000 healthcare professionals Can you help provide the vital funds required to help the vision of whole person healthcare advance still further?

Support PRIME http://www.primeinternational.org/ donation.htm


The battle for Hastings …

PRIME tutor Ron Rhodes on his return to Hastings following the Ebola outbreak

The battle for Hastings, Sierra Leone

“It is a privilege and I believe a gift to be given the opportunity to meet with care givers to restore and strengthen their compassionate hearts.”

The cars are tooting, children are squealing, black kites are calling and cockerels crowing. The sounds of an African morning, as we sit on the veranda of St Joseph’s House, Leicester Peak, 1800 feet above Freetown, Sierra Leone. It is hot in Freetown whatever the season, but especially so in the three months before the rains come in May and June. In most African

cities traffic congestion can be quite a problem. This especially so in Freetown with the narrow streets and old wooden houses wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and the high mountains. Since Hastings, the venue for the main course we were delivering, can be accessed from Freetown, by means of a pass over the mountains, staying in a Christian mountain retreat on the way to Hastings met many of our needs. Not least here, where we are above the “mosquito line”, the evenings are cooler and breezy. The sunsets over the Atlantic, as Freetown goes to sleep, are etched on our memories. Following the tragic passing of Dr Olivet Buck our PRIME tutor and the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, PRIME has not been invited to lead any events until earlier this year. Hastings, Sussex in the UK is twinned with its namesake a few miles north of Freetown, where it supports many community activities including a health centre. PRIME was invited to run a course for the local community health workers. This was planned to follow on from a large national healthcare conference in Freetown in late March, organised by the Sierra Leone Government and the UK Sierra Leone Heath Partnership (UKSLHP) of which PRIME is a founder member. Since we were invited to attend that conference and it clearly provided an excellent opportunity to reintroduce PRIME

in Sierra Leone our flights were booked and visas requested. Then, three weeks before we were due to depart, came the shock news, the national conference had been cancelled. So what has happened out of the wreckage? Contacts were followed up and a flurry of emails sent to inform people about the course and the dates of our intended presence in Freetown and Hastings. We aimed to bolster the Hastings event and meet as many of our contacts as possible. The Hastings event proceeded as planned, with the not inconsiderable influence and support of Christine Boulton-Hall, from Hastings UK who was present throughout cajoling her “boys and girls” to attend to our every need. Two senior doctors, three junior doctors (one from Shepherd’s Hospice and one volunteer doctor from the Hospice*) three CMO’s, one hospital chaplain, one representative of the imam, one church minister (and teacher), and 13 community health workers and midwives attended. Quite a selection representing various caring professions. We shared an enjoyable two days together exploring and sharing perspectives in Whole Person Healthcare.

Participants stated “I will be prayerful, compassionate, honest and love. “ “Being compassionate like Lord Jesus Christ is good.” One person’s next step was “to establish a network of compassionate care givers in the hospital and start a PRIME training programme”. Others requested repeat courses varying from “every three months” to “nationwide.” However, perhaps the most insightful comment was “The interactive sessions were exciting and inspiring. This was a moment of upliftment for me. I assessed and evaluated myself, and I realised that I have made a couple of mistakes, but it is never too late to start all over again.”


The battle for Hastings, Sierra Leone

“However, the questions must be asked - are the participants able to implement what they have learnt and is the impact sustainable, in a country that has so many problems within the health system and society in general? Will further invitations to provide training be forthcoming?”

It is a privilege and I believe a gift to be given the opportunity to meet with care givers to restore and strengthen their compassionate hearts. However the questions must be asked, are the participants able to implement what they have learnt and is the impact sustainable, in a country that has so many problems within the health system and society in general? Will further invitations to provide training be forthcoming? Both of the senior doctors told us they intend to represent PRIME in Sierra Leone and committed to encourage and support future PRIME training events. A member of the undergraduate teaching department at Connaught Hospital, the main teaching hospital in Freetown, attended a subsequent training afternoon which we led for medical students

and so did a third doctor from the Hospice. She attended intrigued by the feedback given by her colleagues from the earlier Hastings training. Both expressed interest in further training cooperation as did the chaplain of Connaught Hospital. We await possible developments with cautious optimism. Butterflies dance by on the dizzy breeze. Ma calls, “Lunch is served.” * We were told that doctors who qualified last year have not yet been employed by the Government. The volunteer doctor who attended the Hastings course has been waiting since last summer for his first paid post.


Snapshots: 10th ICMDA Portuguese Conference, Brazil

This event was the first PRIME course in Brazil, and was the only pre-conference programme of the meeting of Medicos de Cristo (the Brazilian association of Christian doctors) this time also the 2nd ICMDA Portuguesespeaking conference. Dr. Vinod Shah, CEO of ICMDA, attended the full programme, as well as Dr. Stephen Foster, medical missionary and Director of a Christian hospital in Lubango, Angola, and two doctors who are in charge of medical schools in Brazil who may open doors for PRIME involvement in curricular design and further PRIME events in their universities. Dr. Jorge Patpatian, from Uruguay, ICMDA South America Regional Secretary, who had attended the programme in Peru last October, attended the main conference. The tutors were expecting that most participants had some knowledge about whole person medicine and spirituality in healthcare but apparently the teaching was new for many of them, and some commented later that it was very significant for their lives.

10th ICMDA Portuguese Conference, Brazil

The course was held in one of the rooms of the huge building of the 1st Baptist Church of Curitiba. This church has around 5000 members including many health professionals and students, has a good social programme and is well respected in the nation. The organisation of the event was superb and the facilities were excellent as could be seen in the pictures. Watch the Curso PRIME video here: www.youtube.com/watch

Jorge Cruz (PRIME tutor)

Attending the recent ICMDA, ACEPS and Médicos de Cristo sponsored event in Cur itiba, Brazil I was able to take part in the PRIME Pre-conference training seminar. As a missionary surgeon in Angola over the last 39 years I have been constantly struck by the destructive nature of almost half a millennia of colonialism and the consequent experim ent with hardline Marxism since Independence here on the value of hum an beings. People are too often treated with little more than disdain, power dista nces are extreme and although the humanisation of health services has bee n a hot topic in Angola over the last three years, little has actually changed. It is too easy to simply give lip service to this theme. Therefore, I was greatly refreshed when I saw the impact and enthusiasm with which the Brazilians and Mozambicans attending the course showed in the sma ll groups contributing qualities of character that couldn't have been a finer portrait of Jesus Himself. 
 I long for the day PRIME will be able to hold such a course on whole person care amongst health professionals here in Ang ola preferably at several sites during a short visit. I look forward to hosting such an even t here at the Centro Evangélico de Medicina de Lubango next year. Stephen Foster (Medical Director of CEML in Angola)


“In short, I have realised that I must be the change that I hope to see in others. And, it is this change in me that will promote change in others by example.”

Brazil at the II Congress of ICMDA take part in the first PRIME course in to nity ortu opp the had I 6, 201 er to meet all the At the end of Novemb tors of Christ. It was really very difficult Doc the of s gres Con l iona Nat X the ting journey. The departure for Portuguese-speaking countries and in to describe all the details of the exci beg to re whe w kno not do I but il, Braz with so many requirements of travel to very grateful to have met a people am I and al, tion emo very was n rica of work are common for from the African continent to the Ame that the problems suffered in our field ise real to was me for ts poin nt orta imp good similarities. One of the most vital good professional performance and how ood erst und I s. ican amb Moz us as for it has become easier both Brazilians and Portuguese as well Luciana has been so inspiring to me and Enf. d. rove imp be can they how and g more altruistic . My interaction relationships with colleagues are change where my old ideas are becomin of se pha a in now am I s. task cult diffi to perform the most to what I always expected from doctors. me that will promote change with patients is getting closer and closer to see in others. And, it is this change in e hop I that nge cha the be t mus I In short, I have realised that look at them in the eyes. in others by example. could only manage to name them and we if … ents pati our to fort com al uto, Mozambique) It takes so little to offer emotion Edna Juga (Medical student from Map

PRIME in Brazil ment as well as in the public and private health Having been some years in the medical field, working in an academic environ ty and the Real Life as we use to say. It´s a sectors seeing patients, I can see the big difference that is the world in the universi amount of time we have with residents, students, big struggle to be a witness, spreading love and thoughts in both worlds, in the personal care of the caregiver and the donation and our own patients. To learn some tools, share experiences and balance the PRIME course. of yourself toward the other were my greatest insights while participating on the in it and how I could make it become a reality Understanding the need and urgency for a change in healthcare, learn my place was kind of refreshing and reinvigorating and gave not only in my immediate environment, but also impacting a whole system great assistance in helping changing ourselves. me a greater sense in what I´m already doing. PRIME has the power to be a this experience be repeated many more times Once more thanks for the great TEAM from Portugal coming to Brazil, and may here. Haniel Eller (Geriatrician in Sao Paulo)


Benefits of whole person medicine training?… Whole person medicine (WPM) considers all facets of the person (physical, mental/ emotional, personal, social and spiritual). But once WPM training is over, little is known of its impact. A recent qualitative, interview study of 24 healthcare professionals in 15 nations explored what makes PRIME: Partnerships in International Medical Education’s WPM training valued by healthcare professionals, how it was applied by them in their professional lives, and what impacts resulted. The study addressed two major areas of healthcare in need of remediation1, the educational methods used to train healthcare professionals and 2 the high level of dissatisfaction of healthcare professionals with their practice and of patients with the care they receive from healthcare professionals. The results substantiated the benefits of WPM and whole person teaching in improving clinical care, healthcare professional and patient communication and satisfaction, healthcare professional education, and healthcare leadership and administration.

Ever wondered about the effectiveness of whole person medicine training?

Participants believed training in whole person medicine was practical, directly applicable, and immediately useful in their practices, made them more aware of the interplay of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual in illness and health, and led to them practicing more wholistic clinical care. One participant described it as causing them to “care for the patient, not just the case or … the disease.” Another mentioned having better quality time with patients. A third described WPM as affecting “the character” of his work. With respect to healthcare professional and patient communication and satisfaction, some described being able to better communicate caring, becoming “more aware of the need to … listen,” and realising “the value of touch” and “simple things, like kindness and (a) smile.” A dentist used whole person medicine in her practice, with her staff, and to deal with the stresses of practice. She tries to remember, “they are all sons and daughters of Jesus … (and) find something ... you like in that person … when you feel stress … building up … try to see how to reduce it.” Patients “liked it a lot,” seemed happier, found their care a very fulfilling experience, liked the additional time and reassurance they received, and were encouraged by it. Practicing WPM seemed to often increase patient loyalty, confidence, trust and respect with less bouncing between doctors (doctor shopping), and made patients more understanding when their physician was running late on appointments. All twenty-three participants involved in teaching used the concepts of WPM in their teaching, whether at the village and community level or at academic centres. Speaking of attracting even non-Christian students to attend a major annual conference for Christian international students, a participant said, “Being able to use … PRIME teachers … has set the standard for how high … the level of our conferences are … students will come … because they know the teaching is so good and interactive … And … that that models for them what teachers … should be.” WPM training had an impact on leaders and administrators. For example, the leader of the family medicine residency program in South Asia is working to make WPM a part of the national family medicine curriculum and implemented whole person care evaluation as part of residents’ Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). Another healthcare professional leader remarked, “ it has made a difference ... when … issues come up … I’m trying to look at it from their perspective … and trying to figure out, why is this coming up? … It has made me look at the depth of people.

MEI Director (and PRIME tutor) Shari Falkenheimer’s PhD examines just this question. Here is a summary…


The study confirmed the continued predominance of teacher-centred instruction for the training of healthcare professionals in many locations, despite the recommendations of international experts to use student centred, interactive, adult teaching methods. Students in multiple countries and cultures enthusiastically accepted interactive, student centred instruction and appreciated the more relational, open, caring teacher – student relationships of whole person teaching. Role play and role modelling were particularly impactful. Role play helped healthcare professionals to get in touch with and better understand the emotional reactions of patients. One participant spoke of the strong impact of role play on her. “I had seen it for the first time … I couldn’t get these role plays in my mind”. Others described it as a “very powerful tool to understand how the patient may feel,” valued how it was able to really engage the audience and help them personalise the experience, and felt it gave students a different perspective on the subject being taught.

“As a qualitative study, these findings cannot be generalised to all of those trained in whole person medicine. However, it did show that the healthcare professionals interviewed experienced transformation through and developed a passion for the whole person approach to healthcare and education taught by PRIME, tended to model and practice it in their professional lives, and seek to pass it on to others.”

With regard to role modelling, a participant stated, “What struck me most … is the teachers themselves.” Another was “impressed with … not only the quality of the content, but also the character of the presenters … (and) felt (the) role model of the … tutors (was) one of the key … elements of the teaching.” As a qualitative study, these findings cannot be generalised to all of those trained in WPM. However, it did show that the healthcare professionals interviewed experienced transformation through and developed a passion for the whole person approach to healthcare and education taught by PRIME, tended to model and practice it in their professional lives, and seek to pass it on to others.

1 Falkenheimer, Sharon

A. 2017va. “Restoring Wholeness to Healthcare: An International, Qualitative Study of the Value, Use, and Impact of Whole Person Medicine Training.” PhD, Deerfield, IL: Trinity International University. 2 Frenk, Julio, Lincoln Chen, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Jordan Cohen, Nigel Crisp, Timothy Evans, Harvey Fineberg, Patricia Garcia, Yang Ke, Patrick Kelley, Barry Kistnasamy, Afaf Meleis, David Naylor, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Srinath Reddy, Susan Scrimshaw, Jaime Sepulveda, David Serwadda, Huda Zurayk. 2010. “Health Professionals for a New Century: Transforming Education to Strengthen Health Systems in an Interdependent World.” Lancet (North American Edition) 376, no. 9756: 1923–58.

Restoring the Heart of Healthcare The vision: Everyone should have access to hea lthcare that provides for the whole person: body, mind and spirit, delivere competence, compassion, respect and d with integrity. The goals * To transform patients' experience and outcome by promoting excellent whole-person care based on the valu Jesus. es shown by * To resource all involved in healthc are to pursue and encourage such pra ctice, to find personal and professiona satisfaction, and to maintain resilience. l * To enable others to promote this ethos and approach by example and teaching. * Where opportunity arises and reso urces allow, to extend our influence to other agencies engaged with health healing, including the church. and


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these four days have been a real time of personal blessing

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meeting such wonderful, inspiring people from so many countries

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my practice life can never remain the same again

fantastic time just what we needed the PRIME team are lovely and wonderful

being inspired by stories from around the world

the testimonies, the vision, the resilience


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Turkish baths in Bosnia Herzegovina

WPM in Bosnia Herzegovina

Kate Garish, PRIME tutor, enjoys (amongst other things) Turkish baths…

I am never at my best at 3am, but on 5th May 2017 I found myself setting off with fellow PRIME tutor Janet Gallaher to Manchester airport en-route to Bosnia Herzegovina. We travelled via Munich where we met up with the third member of our team, Tracy Fernie. Despite our early start we were able to muster the energy for some initial sightseeing in Sarejevo and relax in a Turkish bath before meeting up with our hosts the following day. Maja Raci, a Professor and Prime tutor based at the University of East Sarajevo had organised our visit. We initially spent a few days in Sarajevo where we were kindly hosted by an evangelical church in the city. We stayed in an apartment at the church and were extremely well looked after by the Pastor Slavko and his wife Sanja Hadzic. We really appreciated their thoughts and prayers for our time teaching at the University. Maja and Sanja took us sightseeing, introducing us to the history of the city and to its culinary delights. We then travelled to the University of East Sarajevo, in Foca, a town approximately 75 km from Sarajevo in the Republic of Srpska. We provided a three day intensive teaching programme to medical and nursing students and to residents in family medicine. We taught broadly similar topics of whole person-centred healthcare, looking to Jesus as a role model, communication skills, and palliative care to all three groups. In addition sessions on dermatology and safe guarding were provided for family medicine residents and sessions on professional issues and care planning for nursing students. All three groups contributed well and participated in role play and group work with enthusiasm and interest. Feedback from participants was very positive. They commented on how they had developed a greater understanding of the importance of compassion in healthcare, and good communication with patients and between healthcare professionals. They also spoke positively about developing a deeper understanding of palliative care and of safe guarding issues and shared lots of ideas for how they planned to put their learning into practice. So what are my lasting memories of the trip – apart from the 3am start and burning the midnight oil in last minute preparation as we adapted our teaching to the local context once we got to know the participants and their needs?… • Sharing fellowship with Maja and evangelical Christians in the church where we stayed in Sarajevo. • The enthusiasm and engagement of medical and nursing students and family medicine residents with our teaching approach and the topics we covered. • Fellowship, encouragement and support for each other amongst the PRIME team. • The opportunity to learn about the history of this country and the resilience and fortitude of the people following the civil war, to visit some fascinating places in Sarajevo and the beautiful surrounding countryside, and experiencing the warmth, hospitality and friendship of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina. • Meeting other healthcare professionals and learning about the healthcare challenges of the country. • Enjoying the cultural and culinary delights of Bosnia and Herzegovina and my first (and hopefully not my last) Turkish bath…


Whole person medicine in Nigeria On April 29,2017 all the doctors in the employment of Nigerian railway corporation gathered at Ibadan in south west Nigeria for a meeting. I t was another good opportunity for me to introduce whole person medicine to my colleagues. I was given one hour to talk on whole person medicine. In attendance were eight doctors and four senior nurses. It was just great.

Christian Ijemba, PRIME tutor, continues to use every opportunity to spread the message of whole person compassionate care‌


Mozambique

Jorge Cruz on the inspiring developments in Mozambique

Following two previous PRIME courses in Maputo (2009) and Nampula (2012), the team from PRIME Portugal returned to Mozambique this year to present a training course on whole person care and spirituality at the three main medical schools of the country. The team began teaching at the Faculty of Health Sciences of Unilúrio in Nampula on the 22nd February. This course, which lasted three days, was attended by about 80 participants, most of whom were medical and nursing students as well as some professors of the university. On the 26th of February the team travelled to the city of Beira where another course was presented to around 40 students and staff members of the faculty. Finally, the team presented a course at the medical school of the Eduardo Mondlane University in the capital city of Maputo. This training was attended by 80 participants - including not only students and teachers but also medical professionals. The course in Maputo was also attended by the former Prime Minister of Mozambique, Dr. Alberto Vaquina, who gave a presentation on the "Challenges for the humanisation of healthcare". The former Minister of Health and current Director of the Institute of Health Sciences also attended the course at the Maputo Medical School and invited the team to present an opening lecture to the institute the following day, to around 300 nursing students, health professionals and members of staff.

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Help restore the heart of healthcare Over the last financial year PRIME tutors delivered 56 separate programmes in 23 different countries across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. This involved over 98 different tutors from 17 nations serving overseas for a total of 715 days providing teaching and training to well over 4,000 individuals. And, importantly, this teaching is being passed on by many in their own day to day teaching and practice in many more places. Indirectly we believe that this training will improve the care provided to the thousands of patients each of those individuals will treat, as well as the hundreds of healthcare students they will teach in the course of their careers. Our tutors and partners continue to work extremely hard and many have travelled with great courage into demanding situations. PRIME remains committed to its foundational Christian calling, and we are very aware and grateful for the ongoing blessings that we have all witnessed. We could not do any of the things that we do with out your support, so first and foremost, whether you have joined a team, donated money to our general or support funds, or helped us out in any way, or just by reading this - thank you. ple taking their own rnational network of like-minded peo inte ted nec -con tally izon hor a into The organisation is evolving ing a resources k to maintain a facilitating hub, becom see p grou core inal orig The ng. calli initiatives within their culture and s are opening up wor ld wide with t leading team. Numerous opportunitie inan dom a than er rath p grou g agin and encour ls and institutions. and a range of health-care professiona tres cen c emi acad ps, grou l ona nati new and growing

Learn about PRIME www.prime-international.org

With the extraordinary network of relationships that PRIME has built up over the past few years with universities, national Christian medical and nursing associations, missions and other national and international bodies, it is possible is for us to play a significant role in spreading the vision of whole person care globally. There are many people in most, if not every, country of the world who share our calling. Now is the time to bring them together into a worldwide network. The PRIME Network is open to individuals involved in any aspect of healthcare committed to practising and teaching evidence-based medicine that includes psycho-spiritual and relational dimensions and embodies altruism and compassion. Network Members come from countries all around the world who are committed to whole person, compassionate care in their practise, example, teaching and encouragement of others. They are all also in sympathy with the teachings and example of Jesus.

Join us and help make compassionate whole person healthcare available to all www.prime-international.org/ theprimenetwork

SUMMER Newsletter 2017  

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