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Photo ASI Traveller Programme 170x114By Aisling Doherty, Health Promotion Officer with the Asthma Society of Ireland and Course Facilitator for the Asthma Education Programme in Disadvantaged Communities

In 2013 the Asthma Society of Ireland developed and piloted an asthma education programme for disadvantaged communities. An external evaluation on the pilot strongly recommended wider implementation. This programme has been shown to be an effective and relatively low cost means of building capacity around asthma health promotion in disadvantaged communities. The training empowers participants to disseminate key learnings about asthma management and inhaler technique to members of their community. The feedback on the programme has been particularly positive from participants and coordinators of the communities, with reported improvement in individuals own self-management of asthma.  It also shows the impact of this learning spreading throughout the community.