Worldwide, over 300 Million persons are living with Asthma.
In Kenya, the burden of Asthma is unknown but studies conducted several years back reported a prevalence of 10% among the adult population.
BreathEasy is a public health Asthma Care Initiative with a goal to improve access to high quality Asthma care services including quality-assured Asthma medicines. It aims at ensuring: –
- Establish sustainable training programmes for all cadres of health care workers including community health care workers
- Create awareness about asthma to enable effective actions to be taken by all persons at all levels
- Provide appropriate diagnostic equipment and accessories at all levels of the health care system
- Establish asthma model clinics for learning/training on asthma and to generate scientific information to guide policy and practice development
- Provide commodities including drugs at the most cost effective prices at all levels of the health care system
- Establish an asthma surveillance system to allow for the monitoring of the burden of asthma, and the responses to standardized asthma care approaches
Current Asthma projects:
1. Asthma Care Improvement Project (ACIP)
This is an Asthma Care enhancement project targeting Asthma patient from the low socio – economic stratum such as those who live in urban slums.
The project objectives are to:
- Support facilities to establish Model Asthma clinics
- Improve access to quality-assured Inhaled Asthma Medicines at a fair price
- Encourage the use of Inhaled Corticosteroids for Asthma management
- Strengthen recording & reporting for Asthma cases
2. African Severe Asthma Project (ASAP)
This is a Multi-Country Asthma research project funded by GSK-Open Laboratory implemented in sites in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
The project objective is Characterize Severe Asthma in Africans to determine Asthma determinants: demographic, clinical, physiologic, pathologic, immunologic and genomic determinants