In 2015, Sandoz launched Breathe Africa, a respiratory health program aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of asthma through sharing medical expertise and donating medicines. The program, which will start in Zambia, will bring European doctors to work together with local healthcare professionals, ultimately improving diagnosis, treatment and respiratory health for patients.
Breathe Africa’s objectives are threefold: to improve asthma medical education for students at university level as well as healthcare professionals working in clinics; improve access to asthma diagnosis, treatment, and suitable medicines; and improve patient asthma education.
In the program’s first year, Sandoz will support six doctors from Denmark and Germany, to join a team of 18 healthcare workers go to Zambia three times on a voluntary basis. During each one-week stay, Sandoz will host an asthma forum where the doctors will share medical expertise in asthma diagnosis and treatment with Zambian healthcare professionals. The volunteer doctors will also visit local clinics in the city of Livingstone to share the latest information on asthma diagnosis and treatment through on-the-job training.