Background: the FRESH AIR consortium
A team of researchers from Plymouth University have been collaborating with international researchers to develop a study which address the problem of chronic lung disease in resource-poor settings. They are working alongside the International Primary care Respiratory Group and in 2015 established an International Lung Consortium in Kampala and a new Lung Institute within Makerere University. Find out more on the Plymouth University project page.
About chronic lung disease (CLD):
- CLD affects around one in five adults in Africa.
- It arises from respiratory infections such as tuberculosis (TB) and HIV, tobacco smoking and nutritional impairment.
- People with CLD are prone to breathlessness, inactivity, de-conditioning, and declining health status and prognosis.
- Patients with breathlessness related to CLD create damage to the economy through lost productivity and disability, and direct health service costs with frequent and prolonged hospital admissions.
- CLDs are disproportionately prevalent in deprived populations and many sufferers can neither afford the drugs nor transport to medical clinics.
Free Respiratory Evaluation and Smoke-exposure reduction by primary Health cAre Integrated gRoups (FRESH AIR project)
The overall aim of the FRESH AIR consortium and this project is to improve health outcomes for people at risk of, or suffering from, non-communicable lung diseases in low-resource settings. The project aims to generate new knowledge, innovation and scalable models that enhance access to care in these settings, and to support their implementation through proactive dissemination within the four countries, regionally and internationally.
You can watch a YouTube video about the project below:
Visit the Plymouth University project page for the latest updates.
Jones R, Kirenga B, Katagira W, Singh SJ, Pooler J, Okwera A, Kasiita R, Enki DG, Creanor S, Barton A. A pre-post intervention study of pulmonary rehabilitation for adults with post-tuberculosis lung disease in Uganda. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2017;12:3533-3539
- Rupert Jones
- Jill Pooler
- Andy Barton
- Michael Hyland