The GASP Program

Since 2014, the Chiesi Foundation supports the project Partners in Care “Optimizing Asthma & COPD Diagnosis and Chronic Disease Management in Guyana”, a medical training project in the field of pulmonology, coordinated by professor Robert Levy of the British Columbia University in collaboration with British Columbia Lung Association. The project focuses on the development of specific clinical skills for the diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases, like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through the use of spirometry. The pilot project started in Guyana (South America) by creating a specialized center within the main hospital of the country, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Together with the training the healthcare staff, the activities also involved education for patients and families. Successfully concluded the pilot phase, the objective the second step is to test the model and to spread it to other Guyana healthcare facilities. In addition, in 2016, the Chiesi Foundation enlarged the collaboration for 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 and centers limited resources countries.

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