Breathe Again Africa

by Rupert Jones in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Breathe Again Africa
We did it
On 29th April 2018 we successfully raised £10,472 with 71 supporters in 28 days

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

by Rupert Jones in Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With the extremely generous help of so many people, we have managed to raise £10,472, completely exceeding our expectations!! We’d like to express just how thankful we are for the generosity shown and update you that plans are well underway to start building the centre. Architect plans have been drawn, building will be starting imminently, and we hope to get the centre up and running by the end of the year. We've continued our fundraising at JustGiving to buy equipment, paint and decorate the centre and provide support for volunteers, so please keep sharing with your networks :)

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.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

Supporter Recognition

Pledge support and be recognised within our Fresh Air Project website. You will be given the opportunity to receive regular updates of developments from our research team.

£50 or more

21 of 400 claimed

Buy a 'Brick'

Buy a brick to build the centre. Your name will be displayed within the Rehab Centre.

£200 or more

3 of 4 claimed

Buy an 'Exercise Station'

Pledge your support and have one of four exercise stations dedicated to you and/or your company.

£500 or more

2 of 2 claimed

'Name' a Room within the centre

Pledge your support and have one of 2 rehabilitation rooms named after you and/or your company.

£2,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

'Name' the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre

Pledge your support and East Africa's only Pulmonary Rehabilitation Centre will be dedicated (named after) you and/or your company. Pledgee(s) - invited to official opening of the centre and hosted in the local area.

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