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THE GASP PROGRAM

Active Since: 2014

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Contributing to SDGs…

Increasing the quality of life of patients – and their caregivers – affected by chronic respiratory diseases as well as the quality of healthcare system standards, by reducing the risk of exacerbations, morbidity and mortality.

MEMBER COMPANIES

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Academia or research institute

    University of British Columbia

    Contribution

    The University represents the scientific partner, all the experts trainers that participate to the development of the program are part of this insitution. The British Columbia Lung Association is the implementing partner together with the local hospital involved.

    British Columbia Lung Association

Objectives

The GASP is a project based on medical training in the respiratory area conceived for low-resources settings. It is focused on the development of specific clinical skills for the diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through the introduction of spirometry capacity and training activities.

The objective is increasing the quality of life of patients – and their caregivers – affected by chronic respiratory diseases as well as the quality of healthcare system standards, by reducing the risk of exacerbations, morbidity and mortality. At the same time the project aims at reducing the hospitalization costs for the health system and promoting a positive impact on society, through a better management of the chronic disease and the related decrease in absenteeism from school and work.

Since 2014, Chiesi Foundation supports “Partners in Care – Optimizing Asthma & COPD Diagnosis and Chronic Disease Management in Guyana”, a medical training project in the field of pulmonology. The project focuses on the development of specific clinical skills for the diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through the use of spirometry. The project is coordinated and managed by Prof. Robert Levy from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, in collaboration with the British Columbia Lung Association.

Optimal management of asthma relies on accurate diagnosis with spirometry, effective therapy, patient education and ongoing monitoring to assess severity and control. Before the GASP project started, both spirometry and education programmes for asthma and COPD were completely unavailable in Guyana. For this reason, the pilot project aimed at introducing the spirometry capacity and at developing a training program addressed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) healthcare providers for the management of asthma. The second phase of the project will include the development of training programs focused on COPD, not included in the pilot intervention.

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 

RESULTS & MILESTONES

The three-year pilot initiative led to the creation of the first spirometry laboratory for the screening of these pathologies in the country. The project also led to the development of asthma and COPD management training program dedicated to local staff, patients and their families.

In 2017, the Chiesi Foundation renewed the collaboration with Prof. Levy’s team, in order to support the spreading of the intervention model called GASP, Global Access and Spirometry Project, as a concrete guide to effectively implement the diagnosis and the management of chronic respiratory diseases in other hospitals of Guyana.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION