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The Social Services Department grants a subsidy of 17.038,72 € to the Cystic Fibrosis Balearic Association for its project of comprehensive care for people with Cystic Fibrosis, confirming that the Balearic Government supports the fight against CF.
Comprehensive care for people with Cystic Fibrosis
This project consists of several programs:
- Welcome, guidance and follow-up to people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families at all stages of the disease.
- Education equals Health in Cystic Fibrosis: Training in the technique of Autogenous Drainage, inhaled therapy, hygiene measures and re-education on exertion.
- Awareness-raising: organization of solidarity events and talks at educational centers.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
The treatment for Cystic Fibrosis includes antibiotherapy, a healthy and hypercaloric nutrition and respiratory physiotherapy combined with endurance exercises.
Currently, more than 2000 mutations are known in the gene that is defective in people with Cystic Fibrosis, although only about 150 mutations are described as causing the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease (1 in 40 in the Balearic Islands).
In the Balearic Islands there are 76 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.