Comprehensive Lung Health  Projects  (CLHS)

 

This project aims at addressing the burden of respiratory illness in Sudan. The main purpose is to explore innovative and multi-sectoral ways and means to enhance access to and quality of existing lung health services and to avoid suffering and untimely death due to respiratory illness.

 

 

It is a comprehensive package of services, at district hospital level, targeting:

1. Management of pneumonia in children under 5 years;

2. Management of asthma in adult;

3. Tobacco cessation n TB patients.

 

Currently there are 14 sites (10 in Khartoum State and 4 in Gezira State).

 

Project Objectives:

1. Prevent deaths from pneumonia in children under 5 years of age (through SCM, training, etc…)

2. Reduce the impact of tobacco smoking, asthma and other COPDs in adults (through SCM, SCI, etc…)

3. Documenting the extent of the problem of indoor air pollution caused by the use of solid fuel in low-income settings

4. Developing a model for a lung health competence center to build technical and operational capacity of health care workers.

5. Findings and sharing the lessons learnt will be achieved through different routes (web-based, databases, publications, etc…)

This project lies within the context of health systems strengthening which is a neglected but highly-needed area in developing countries. This comprehensive approach aims to improve the quality of lung health services at the district level, whether preventive or curative services, with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of common respiratory diseases on both individuals and health services. This project capitalizes on the success of the TB control programme in Sudan. It uses the same methodology to initiate interventions then progress to full expansion of successful initiatives. The project is aimed at empowering first level referral/district hospitals to maintain a high standard of quality health care for childhood pneumonia, adult asthma and tobacco cessation in TB patients, thus supporting PHC services, such as PAL and IMCI. As an implementer of this project, Epilab establishes itself as a centre of competence with a strong capacity to sustain this comprehensive approach in Sudan and the region.

Partners:

1. Epilab: technical team (chief implementer),

2. Khartoum and Gezira State ministries of health, and NTP: political commitment,

3. The Union and WHO: technical advisors,

4. The World Bank: donor.

 

Project staff:

1. Project coordinator

2. Asthma focal person

3. Pneumonia focal person

4. Tobacco focal person

5. Information officer

6. Finance officer

7. All headed by director for scientific activities