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This page brings together a range or resources on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic respiratory diseases, their risk factors and implementation challenges in low-resrouce settings. 

Programme FRESH AIR @ ERS 2018

Useful references used in the FRESH AIR Horizon 2020 proposal:

FRESH AIR Uganda prevalence studies and related articles: 

  • Final publication from Uganda prevalence survey and editorial in Lancet Global Health van Gemert F. Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and associated risk factors in Uganda (FRESH AIR Uganda): a prospective cross-sectional observational study (pdf) Lancet Glob Health 2015; 3: e44–51 DOI:
  • Editorial Salvi S. The silent epidemic of COPD in Africa. The Lancet Global Health, Volume 3 , Issue 1 , e6 - e7 DOI:
  • van Gemert et al, Impact of asthma and COPD in sub-Saharan Africa, Prim Care Respir J 2011, 20(3):240-248
  • van Gemert F, Chavannes N, Nabadda N, Luzige S, Kirenga B, Eggermont C, de Jong C, van der Molen T. Impact of chronic respiratory symptoms in a rural area of sub-Saharan Africa: an in-depth qualitative study in the Masindi district of Uganda. Prim Care Respir J 2013;22(3):300-305. DOI:
  • ERS 2014 E-poster: Prevalence of COPD in sub-Saharan Africa: FRESH AIR Uganda survey
  • ERS 2013 poster: Prevalence of COPD and its risk factors in a rural area of Uganda: FRESH AIR Uganda

Early lung development and impact on the development of COPD:

On-line resources: 

Resources on Household Air Pollution, biomass clean stoves: 

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