Asthma education and training for patients, families, schools, communities and health care providers, in order to reduce asthma hospitalization and mortality rates in Nigeria and increase legislative advocacy for community and school based health reforms that affect the access to emergency treatment of asthma and in the school setting. Improve the quality of life of Nigerians with asthma through the coordination of data sharing and efforts from all organizations with asthma interests.
There are currently more than 15 million Nigerians with asthma and this is expected to increase to more than 100 million in year 2025. In Nigeria, as at 2015, the estimated proportion of registered respiratory physicians to national population is 1 per 2.3 million individuals and in addition to other poor infrastructural issues, 13 States with an estimated combined population of 57.7million offer no specialist respiratory services, leading to an increase in prevalence, morbidity and mortality.
ACUF will build the capacity of the health workers to diagnose asthma as well as educate and train teachers, care-givers, those with asthma and other individuals on asthma management. Provide technical assistance to the Legislative Committees to develop overall legislative and regulatory frameworks for asthma management; Continue to raise awareness on the benefits of good practice and develop practical guidelines on environmental and asthma management. This will increase the demand for service
The project will educate and train over 6000 asthma patients and caregivers on how to avoid triggers and manage asthma. This would lead to a reduction in asthma related hospitalizations and loss in productivity arising from asthma crisis. More than 500 medical practitioners would be trained on the use of asthma management tools, leading to proper diagnoses and management of asthma