AstraZeneca’s Africa PUMUA Initiative donated four OMRON Compressor Nebulizers to Cape Coast Teaching Hospital to help improve the quality of care for people living with asthma and other chest congestion conditions, and reduce related diseases and deaths. Speaking at the donation event in Cape Coast, the Country Director of Astrazeneca in Ghana Mr. Emmanuel Mawuli Atiemo said the donation was part of AstraZeneca’s response to the rising cases of asthma in Africa under the company’s Africa PUMUA Initiative.

Mr. Atiemo explained that through the Africa PUMUA Initiative, AstraZeneca will help to improve access to sustainable health care by improving accessibility, acceptability, affordability and availability of quality care in Africa. Mr. Atiemo noted that through its partnerships, the Africa PUMUA Initiative will improve health outcomes for patients and address barriers to smooth access by providing infrastructure support, increasing awareness of asthma symptoms and risks, and building the capacity of stakeholders across the patient journey.

“As a global biopharmaceutical company, the health of people is something we really care about, but we know that these diseases provide an increasing challenge to health and health care, and that will remain a challenge both during the period of COVID-19 and after.

Mr. Emmanuel Mawuli Atiemo | Country Director (Ghana), Astrazeneca

The CEO Cape Coast Teaching Hospital Dr. Eric Ngyedu received the equipment and expressed gratitude for the thoughtfulness and kindness of AstraZeneca. Dr. Ngyedu described the donation as an initial step to seeing people living with asthma get the improved, quality and affordable healthcare that they need. Dr. Ngyedu observed that noncommunicable diseases had become the leading cause of death globally and that it was important to focus attention to that area of healthcare.

Dr Stephen Laryea, Director of Medical Affairs at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital was grateful that the equipment had come to complement the hospital’s efforts at fighting asthma and other related diseases. Dr. Laryea said the nebulizers would help the hospital to treat asthma and kidney diseases effectively. He noted that while the hospital already had some nebulizers, the new equipment will support ongoing expansion of services at the hospital to address increasing patient loads.

AstraZeneca’s Africa PUMUA Initiative aims at improving pediatric and adult asthma management across public and private sectors, with a focus on strengthening local health systems, capacity building in the health sector, public awareness and education, and equitable access to AstraZeneca’s respiratory medicines.