Fruitful Project: first researchers meeting
On April 27 and 28th 2015, coordinators of the Fruitful Project met in Guatemala to plan the imminent launching of a new tobacco cessation training program in three Latin American countries.
Three hospitals in Bolivia, Guatemala and Paraguay will soon offer online smoking cessation training to all their health professionals. The “Brief Intervention” training program will enable clinicians to identify, assess, and treat smokers in their daily practice. After the adaptation and pilot test, the 6-hour online course will be available on 15th of June for the health professionals of the participating hospitals.
The program was originally developed by the Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona (Spain). The project is funded by Global Bridges and coordinated by the Mayo Clinic. Global Brigdes grants support the training for treatment and control of tobacco use worldwide. The Fruitful Project aims to adapt the original course developed in Spain to the reality of the three Latin American countries (Bolivia, Guatemala and Paraguay) and disseminate evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions among health care professionals.
WHO estimates tobacco related diseases will increase by 700% by 2030 in Latin American Countries. Offer smoking cessation is one of the effective policies recommended by WHO in which the active role of health professionals is required. Health professionals should support and assist smoking cessation to help their patients to gain health. We aim the Fruitful Project will contribute to make this possible in Latin American countries.