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Dr Sarah Rylance is finding ways to improve asthma care for children

I am a consultant Paediatrician, currently working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.

I am also conducting research for my PhD, supported by the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Global Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme.

I am particularly interested in finding ways to improve asthma care in resource-poor settings. Worldwide, 1000 people die of asthma every day. Asthma is a growing problem in low-income countries, but health systems are not set-up to manage long-term conditions.

I am a consultant Paediatrician, currently working at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi.


I am also conducting research for my PhD, supported by the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Global Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme.

I am particularly interested in finding ways to improve asthma care in resource-poor settings. Worldwide, 1000 people die of asthma every day. Asthma is a growing problem in low-income countries, but health systems are not set-up to manage long-term conditions.

Malawi has a huge shortage of trained medical staff: there is roughly one doctor for every 50,000 people living in the country, compared to one doctor for every 360 people living in the UK.

Clinics for management of chronic conditions are overcrowded, understaffed and chaotic: providing asthma education to children and their families is difficult. To address this, I have trained non-medical staff to deliver asthma education and will see if this improves asthma outcomes.

We are also involved in a multi-site project, working with teams in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The ACACIA (Achieving Control of Asthma in Children In Africa) project will assess how common asthma is among school children, explore barriers to achieving good control and develop a schools-based intervention to address these.

Please contact for further information:

Email: sarah.rylance@lstmed.ac.uk

Twitter: @sarah_rylance

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