In the framework of international cooperation, since 2014 the Chiesi Foundation supports a project regarding the respiratory area: the GASP - Global Access to Spirometry Project.
The GASP is a project based on medical training in the respiratory area conceived for low-resources settings. It is focused on the development of specific clinical skills for the diagnosis and management of chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), through the introduction of spirometry capacity and training activities.
The three-year pilot initiative was implemented in Guyana and led to the creation of the first spirometry laboratory for the screening of these pathologies in the country. The pilot also led to the development of asthma and COPD management training program dedicated to local staff, patients and their families.
For the coming years, the Foundation aims at sharing the experience in Guyana and at promoting the transfer of the GASP model to other low resource countries with the same need.