Paraguay shows interest in GARD
Meeting with Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare of Paraguay
On 9 March 2007, Prof Baena-Cagnani (World Allergy Organization, WAO), Dr Anahí Yáñez (former President of the Argentinean Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology Association), Dr. Guillermo Arbo (Paraguayan Society of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Medicine), Dr. Jaime Guggiari, (President of the Paraguayan Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) met in Asunción, Paraguay, with Dr Martínez Doldán, Minister of Public Health and Social Welfare of Paraguay to discuss the possible development of GARD in Paraguay. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and both Paraguayan societies, GARD could contribute to reduce the morbidity and mortality of chronic respiratory diseases in the country. The discussion included the following starting points:
- creating a GARD core group of interested parties in Paraguay
- providing for free beclomethasone and short-acting beta-agonists bronchodilator medicines to low-income patients as well as patients without any medical insurance (essential medicines)
- setting up, with support of the Ministry of Health, an educational programme on the diagnosis and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases for general practitioners, family doctors, paediatricians, nurses and pharmacists, and
- distributing free educational material for patients and parents.