How to defeat asthma – Foundation

 The Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF) has called on the
government, CSOs, Development Partners and other Stakeholders to support Asthma Management in Nigeria. The Foundation noted that given the asthma prevalence, morbidity and mortality rate in Nigeria, all hands need to
be on desk, to, first tackle environmental factors that trigger asthma and also provide the necessary support in terms of infrastructure, human
resources capacity and other tools required for asthma management.

The Executive Director, Amaka Chiwuike-Uba Foundation (ACUF), Chiwuike Uba (CPA, FCNA), hailed giant steps taken by the foundation in the alleviation of conditions for persons living with asthma in Nigeria.

The not-for-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental and charitable
organization established in 2016 in memory of his late wife, Mrs. Amaka
Chiwuike-Uba, has been geared to improving the quality of life of
people; especially, those with asthma and other respiratory diseases.

The ACUF, which was founded with the vision of a society with better
breathing, better living, and a happier, united and prosperous people,
carries out its objectives through facilitation of evidence-based
socio-economic research, policy dialogues/advocacy, training and
education and networking.

In order to effectively and strategically carryout the programmes,
projects and activities of the Foundation, the ACUF established three
Centres of Excellence: the Center for Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory
Conditions (CAARC); the Centre for Innovation, Youth, Rural and
Sustainable Development (CIYRSD), and the Centre for Leadership and
Global Education (CeLGE).

In a review of the ACUF’s achievements for the year 2017, Uba recalled
the foundation’s first conference which led to the production of the
first-ever documentary on Asthma in Nigeria, titled “Together, we shall
BEAT ASTHMA’. He noted that the annual asthma conference and series of
research had impacted significantly on the country in many ways.
According to him, they had led to an increased awareness on asthma
prevalence, causes and management, with over 90 percent impact on the
knowledge of asthma among the conference participants. He insisted,
furthermore, that the competency to manage asthma was impacted
positively by over 90 percent among the Conference participants as a
result of the information shared during the conference.

The Executive Director also noted that aside the research and annual
asthma conference programme, the foundation recorded milestones in other
programmes, with considerable progress in other areas including
education and training, advocacy, networking and partnerships. He added
that the foundation developed, published and disseminated factsheets,
asthma information fliers and newsletters.

Despite the achievements, Uba bemoaned several challenges in obtaining
funds to carry out other proposed programmes, projects and activities of
the Foundation. He lamented the myriad of logistics and coordination
problems which diminished research, intellectual and programmatic
outputs. He however noted that the situation underscored the need for
institutional strengthening, development of infrastructure, enhanced
human resources and better, more predictable funding to ensure more
robust, sustained and longer-term organizational development and
programming.

Nevertheless, Uba insisted that the prospects for 2018 looked very
positive, saying that was a large scope for greater programming
opportunities, interventions and research in the increasing demand for research and analytical work as bases for public policy, and as evidence tool for advocacy by private sector and civil society groups.

He disclosed the expected milestones for the year 2018 include the establishment of Asthma Crisis Management Centres in at least three
States in each of the geo-political zones; the continuation of the
Physicians Asthma Management Education (PAME); Asthma and Respiratory
Management Workshop for Practice Nurses; Schools’ Education and Training
Workshops on Asthma Management; Radio and TV Programmes on Asthma;
Development, Printing and Distribution of Asthma Management Toolkit and
Handbook; Development, Printing and Distribution of Asthma Basics for
Children; Development, Printing and Distribution of Educational
Resources and Forms (manuals, action plans, reference cards, factsheets,
etc) on asthma; The Annual Asthma Conference with the theme: Better
Breathing, Better Living: The Role of Governance and the Environment on
Asthma Management and bringing Youth to Services and Youth
Entrepreneurship Projects.

He called for partnership to develop more strategic sources of funding
in order to ensure sustainable long-term programming and improve the
quality of life of people.

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