Pediatric Lung Association (PLA)
The Pediatric Lung Association is erected to have a wider and specific focus on the pediatric lung diseases. This plans to foster links between professionals, patients and communities to have a broad base appeal and effectiveness. This forum is open for all walks of society agree with our objectives of lung health.
The donations may be made in name of “Helping Hands Foundation (Pediatric Lung Association), Account # 01001505, UBL, Nishtar Chowk Branch (0921), Multan”.
Our objectives are:
We plan to achieve our objectives through various initiatives, program and strategies. Among these are:
1. Pediatric Asthma
2. Pediatric Tuberculosis
3. Pediatric Pneumonia
4. Tobacco Control
5. Environmental Health
6. Advocacy Programs
8. Public Awareness
We have accomplished a number of plans and strategies under the PLA banner.
We have biggest program and data for lung function test, technically called Spirometry.
This project is named as PASS (Program for Asthma Screening in Schools). Under this program, PLA team goes to the schools and performs the spirometry. All the children who do not have normal lung function are referred for the consultant advice at the Institute of Mother And Child Care (I-MACCA).
We are the only center in Pakistan whose data has been selected for defining the Global Lung equation by the Global Lung Initiative (GLI) of the European Respiratory Society (ERS).
2. Providing drugs to the poor
The poor populations suffer disproportionately from lung diseases and have minimum/no resources to get diagnosed or treated. For this we are providing:
3. Follow up Clinics for lung diseases
PLA is running Follow Up Clinics at the Institute of Mother And Child Care (I-MACCA) to cater the children with Lung diseases. Twice weekly, a team of trained workers, doctors and respiratory consultant takes care of such patients and advise them as is pertinent. Following services are provided:
- Nature of the disease like asthma, TB and Cystic fibrosis
- Course of the above diseases.
- Helping to identify the allergens.
- Helping to devise strategies for avoiding from allergens or decreasing exposure to allergens.
- Appropriate management plans.
- Customized treatments for children of variable background and disease severity.
- Techniques of performing Peak Flow Rates (PFR) measurements.
- Techniques of proper recording of PFR.
- Techniques of proper spacer use & care.
- Asthma Action Plan education.
4. Diagnostic Equipment for pediatric asthma
The asthma is the most common chronic illness of children. It is usually treated without making a proper diagnosis in terms of its staging and severity. The diagnostic tests are quite expensive. The parents do not have resources to have this disorder diagnosed properly. The basic test like Lung Function Test is not available in government sector.
PLA has managed to arrange a Spirometer machine with a respiratory therapist. They are available on the Follow up days.
PLA is also providing Oscillation Spirometry working with Impedance resistance assessment. This equipment is first of its kind in the country and can be used to assess the lung function tests in children who can’t make a forced expiratory effort like:
5. Donation of equipment
The PLA has donated all the related equipment that was required for the examination of the children for respiratory disease to the Nishtar Medical University, Multan. It included:
The asthma is a chronic disease. It needs a long term follow up. The patients usually lose their treatment slips. To ensure proper record of treatment and a better follow up there was a need of follow up cards.
The PLA has donated 1000 Follow up cards, worth Rs: 10,000/= to the Asthma Follow up Clinic. These cards are given to the patients and the record of medicines and illness is kept on them.
6. Pediatric TB
PLA has managed to provide few tests that are not available in the government facility to help in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. It includes the provision of: