What is the Bella Project?
The Bella Project was formed to create a device, mobile app and game for children with Cystic Fibrosis aged 6 to 12 to complete their daily physiotherapy.
It is estimated that Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects around 100,000 people around the world. One in every 3,600 children born in Canada has Cystic Fibrosis making it the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is currently no cure.
A key therapy in the treatment of CF patients is Positive Expiratory Pressure therapy or PEP. This is an airway clearance technique that can greatly extend the patient lifespan. Children like Bella do this physiotherapy twice a day, for around 30 minutes each time. It is necessary and very repetitive.