The world of healthcare mission continues to change. Today’s electronic systems and speeds of communication mean that increasing links and networks are being created between believers in developed and developing countries without the intermediary of traditional mission agencies.
PRIME, Partnerships in International Medical Education, is an international network of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in healthcare education. Together PRIME seek to use the opportunities provided by healthcare teaching for holistic mission. It enables those with skills and experience in healthcare teaching in the UK and other countries to link with partners to provide programmes that are educational for students, healthcare teams and faculty members. Although the key partners in host countries are usually Christians, this is not always the case, and some links have been forged with those of other faiths or no faith, who share a commitment to compassionate, whole-person care, high ethical standards, and a spiritual perspective in delivering healthcare.
PRIME’s vision is to spread God’s values by delivering healthcare education around the world, reclaiming the ground captured by secularism, communism, and other godless value systems in the last few decades. It also seeks to model and teach good learner centred educational methods, while demonstrating Christ-likeness to participants, which has proved to be a powerful educational tool.