Breathe Again Africa

Breathe Again Africa

Crowdfunding bid to build a pulmonary rehabilitation centre in Kampala to treat people with chronic lung disease without using drugs.

£10,042 raised of £13,000 stretch target 77 %
60 supporters 8 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 10:05am 29th April 2018

New stretch target

Owing to the wonderful success of our Breathe Again Africa crowdfunded project in its first couple of weeks and with our initial target now reached we are now working towards a 'stretch target' of £13,000 (an extra £3,000). These additional funds will contribute to:

  • Painting and decorating of the Rehab Centre
  • Furnishings 
  • Support for volunteers involved in the decorating of the centre
  • Feedback and progress reports to all stakeholders. 

Once again we would like to express our deepest thanks to those who have supported and pledged so far. We seriously could not have realised this without you.  With a final push we look forward to being able to make a significant and positive impact for patients suffering COPD in Africa. This project has not just been about the funds raised and yet also raising the awareness of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease, if you are able to once more share amongst your network this will go a long way to helping us educate more people of the life changing disease. 

With thanks from all them team, we look forward to being able to update you of our final achievements in the next couple of weeks. 

Who are we?

We are a group of researchers from the University of Plymouth, UK, and Makerere University, in Uganda.

What is the problem we addressing?

Chronic lung disease is a common and growing problem in Africa affecting around 1 in 8 adults. The main forms are chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and post-TB lung disease.

COPD is now the third leading cause of death in the world, and is rapidly increasing in Africa leaving many lives blighted by breathlessness and disability.

Patients with chronic lung disease tend to get breathless and so they avoid exercise, leading to physical deconditioning, fatigue and depression. In Africa, these problems are compounded by the lack of social services / benefits, malnutrition and stigma. People with chronic cough breathlessness are often alienated from society and are unable to work; without money, there is no food or medicines and they can deteriorate fast. Imagine having severe lung disease if there was no help available.

How is chronic lung disease treated?

In the west, inhalers are the mainstay of treatment, but in Africa these are difficult to find and too expensive for most.

Pulmonary rehab is an evidence based intervention which involves no drugs. Groups of patients undergo rehabilitation in a 6 week twice weekly programme of exercise and education. Rehab is very effective in reducing breathlessness, improving social engagement, reducing dependence.

Our research, funded by MRC, Wellcome Trust and UK Government has shown that rehab worked extremely effectively in Uganda to improve symptoms, social isolation and return to productivity. In many patients, rehab is life transforming. Sadly, although many patients want to do rehab, since the research has stopped there is nowhere for the rehab to take place.

 Why are we asking you to contribute?

We plan to build a bespoke centre for pulmonary rehab in Mulago Hospital in Kampala. The centre will act as a permanent National Centre for performing pulmonary rehabilitation and for training staff from across Africa to conduct rehab to the highest standards. Please help us to build a centre to treat a neglected group of patients who are suffering from a devastating disease without treatment.

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