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CARD Lujiazui Community Screening Event
2015-10-15      View:      Source:

In May, 2015, Project HOPE announced the establishment of the China Alliance for Respiratory Disease (CARD) program aimed to improve the lives of more than 100 million people who suffer from respiratory disease in China.  According to a 2012 World Health Organization Report, COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide and the most widespread chronic disease in China, accounting for 11.9% of deaths each year.  CARD seeks to address gaps in respiratory disease management at the local level, in community health centers and county and township hospitals, by building the service capacity and improving the quality of care.  CARD is a comprehensive program, consisting of onsite training of 1500 physicians in 10 cities, online training of an additional 10,000 physicians in 193 cities, and assistance with establishing respiratory disease clinics at more than 600 hospitals and nebulizer rooms at more than 1200 hospitals throughout China.

Another component of the program is to evaluate the value of general lung function screening.  On September 29, 2015, a COPD screening event was held at Lujiazui Community Center.  Project Hope teamed up with the respiratory departments at two local tertiary hospitals, Dong Fang Hospital and Shu Guang Hospital to provide lung function screening to neighborhood residents at risk of developing COPD.  A local community leader, Mr. Wang, who is affiliated with Rehabilitation Magazine (a magazine targeted toward health issues for families) was also involved in organizing and executing the event.  Mr. Wang invited physicians to participate and also worked with local neighborhood residents to publicize the program.   Volunteers from the Omron Company (manufacturers of the spirometers) conducted the screening tests.   Dr. Tao Mengfei, deputy director, Dong Fang Hospital Respiratory Department, opened the program by discussing the prevalence and risk factors for COPD and the importance of diagnosing and treating the disease.   Over the next five hours, a total of 105 people were tested – 45 had normal lung function and 60 people will require follow-up testing.   After completing the test, patients received individual counseling with a local physician specializing in respiratory medicine.  Each participant also received a handout explaining risk factors and giving suggestions for life style modifications to reduce the risk of developing the disease and/or to slow disease progression.   The participants in this program will continue to be tracked to assess the incidence of disease in the 60 patients requiring further work-up.  Other general screening events have taken place or are being planned – the cumulative data will assist in the evaluation of lung function screening for the general public.

In summary, Project HOPE has teamed up with leading companies and organizations to improve respiratory health for the people of China.  The program is still in its early stages but awareness programs, health provider training, screening events, and equipment distribution are well underway.

     

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