The picture shows a 21 year old man with asthma who has spent his life in and out of hospital taking multiple courses of steroids. His case is a graphic illustration of poor asthma management which most health professionals would only see in a text book (quote from Monica Fletcher, CEO)

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The Education for Health charitable fund

Our charitable fund provides you with a way to have a direct positive impact on the lives of people with long term conditions. With your support we are able to:

  • Provide educational funding for health professionals to improve the care they give to patients. This is targeted at health professionals working in deprived areas with the most pressing health needs, in the UK and overseas

  • Expand the evidence base for the delivery of chronic disease management by investing in research

  • Develop accessible web based educational resources for health professionals who have difficulty accessing traditional educational programmes

  • Help other people: Find out more about our major ‘Better Breathing Bangladesh' project. We have donated time and experience to those in greatest need in this developing country.

The scale of the task

Cardiovascular and respiratory diseases account for nearly 40% of all deaths worldwide. Millions of these deaths are preventable, yet millions continue to die unnecessarily.

Some of the leading causes of preventable death are hypertension (7.8 million deaths a year worldwide), smoking (5 million) and obesity (2.5 million). These are preventable yet lead to the development of incurable, chronic, long term conditions such as ischaemic heart disease (nearly 13% of all deaths) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD - nearly 5% of all deaths)1.

With your help, Education for Health can continue to make a difference.  Our training advances the skills and knowledge of health professionals who diagnose, manage and treat patients with long term conditions. This has been shown to improve patients' health outcomes and quality of life2

  • We support primary care health professionals by developing their clinical and communication skills to help them to work in partnership with patients

  • We encourage them to undertake roles where they can champion the need for improving disease prevention

  • We work hard to ensure that professionals are appropriately educated for the roles they carry out, advocating the necessity and benefits of continuing professional development. 

A recent report from the World Health Organisation ‘Women and health: today's evidence, tomorrow's agenda'3 shows that "women with acute coronary syndromes often remain undiagnosed", partly because they show different symptoms and develop them later than men, which complicates diagnosis, and partly because other diseases, including diabetes and hypertension, are more likely to be present. This need for earlier and more effective diagnosis also has implications for mortality from all long term conditions and is a core focus of all our education programmes.

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References:

1. Ref ^ Lopez AD, Mathers CD, Ezzati M, Jamison DT, Murray CJ (May 2006). "Global and regional burden of disease and risk factors, 2001: systematic analysis of population health data". Lancet 367 (9524): 1747-57. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68770-9. PMID 16731270 

2. Sheikh A, Khan-Wasti S, Price D, Smeeth L, Fletcher M, Walker S. Standardized training for healthcare professionals and its impact on patients with perennial rhinitis: a multi-centre randomized controlled trial. Clin Exp Allergy 2007; 37(1):90-99

3. WHO global report, 2009. ISBN: 9789241563857

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21 year old Bangladeshi man with asthma who has spent his life in and out of hospital taking multiple courses of steroids


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