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The Challenges of Asthma (PartII)

The Challenges of Asthma (PartII)

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Karen Bissell is a public health consultant for The Union. She has worked for The Union since 1994. She is currently involved in policy, social science and operational research, project work and advocacy. Karen holds a doctorate in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. One of her particular interests is policy transfer - how ideas or policies move from one place or time to another.
Karen Bissell is a public health consultant for The Union. She has worked for The Union since 1994. She is currently involved in policy, social science and operational research, project work and advocacy. Karen holds a doctorate in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. One of her particular interests is policy transfer - how ideas or policies move from one place or time to another.

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Published by: National Press Foundation on Oct 29, 2013
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Asthma Drug Facility 2005-2013:achievements and lessons learnt for J2J
Karen Bissell, DrPH, MA
Department of Lung Health and NCDs and Department of ResearchInternational Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
 
Asthma Drug Facility
 
Provides affordable access to quality-assured,essential asthma medicines for low- and middle-income countries
Promotes a quality improvement package for thediagnosis, treatment and management of asthma
 
ADF mechanism
 
Procurement strategies:
Kept prices down by runninglimited competitive process. Pooled procurement. Clientspaid in advance.
Health service strengthening:
 
Union’s
guidelines andtraining materials for standardised mgt of asthma, includingan information system for monitoring outcomes andimproving service. Tracking reduction in emergency visits andhospitalisations shows health and financial benefits of appropriate care & medicines.
Quality assurance:
Based on WHO norms &standards. Inhalers not part of WHOprequalification programme, so ADF organisedqualification of manufacturers, sites and products.Contracts are for qualified product/site pairs. 

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