The impact of a changing climate, the dangers of air quality and the impact of the indoor environment on our health are all areas in which the evidence is growing, and in which the dangers for lung health are becoming more apparent.

FRESH AIR’s focus on these topics means that all the findings and learnings from the project will further strengthen the global view on these issues.

This FRESH AIR newsletter will look at some of the latest publications in the field, and will address how FRESH AIR is progressing as it starts to see some real results.

 

 

Spotlight

 

Meet the FRESH AIR team: Greece

In this interview, the FRESH AIR team based at the University of Crete gives an overview of the communities they are working with and the factors affecting their lung health, as well as the efforts the project is making to improve the situation.

 

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Update on the midwife-led smoke reduction study in Uganda

Rupert Jones, Sanne van Kampen and Lucy Cartwright visited Uganda to meet up with Rebecca Nantanda, Bruce Kirenga and Shamim Buteme to continue work on the midwife-led smoke reduction study.

Rupert Jones, Sanne van Kampen and Lucy Cartwright visited Uganda to meet up with Rebecca Nantanda, Bruce Kirenga and Shamim Buteme to continue work on the midwife-led smoke reduction study.

 

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Celebrating World COPD Day in Kyrgyzstan

Wednesday 15 November, 2017 marked World COPD Day – an opportunity for people that live with and care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to come together and raise awareness of the condition.

 

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Meetings

 

FRESH AIR at the 1st IPCRG South Asian Scientific Conference in Sri Lanka

From 3–5 August, 2017, the International Primary Care Respiratory Group held its first South Asian Scientific Conference in Sri Lanka.

 

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FRESH AIR at the 1st IPCRG South Asian Scientific Conference in Sri Lanka

From 3–5 August, 2017, the International Primary Care Respiratory Group held its first South Asian Scientific Conference in Sri Lanka.

 

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“What’s in it for me?” – a report on the annual GACD scientific meeting, Buenos Aires

In early October the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease (GACD), our funder, brought together implementation scientists in chronic disease with policymakers and funding agencies from across the world in Buenos Aires, Argentina for its annual scientific meeting.

 

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Publications

 

Key messages from recent WHO and Lancet publications

Here are highlights from recent publications by the World Health Organization (WHO) and Lancet relevant to the FRESH AIR project:

•             WHO – Preventing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by reducing environmental risk factors

•             The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

•             The Lancet countdown on health and climate change

 

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ELF patient factsheets now available in Vietnamese

Patient factsheets produced by the European Lung Foundation are now available in Viatnamese – thanks to the support of Professor Anh-Tuan Dinh-Xuan and his colleagues in Vietnam.

All ELF factsheets are co-produced with experts at the European Respiratory Society and people with lung conditions.

Now that these factsheets are available in the local language, they can now be used as part of the FRESH AIR project in Vietnam.

 

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Upcoming events

 

IPCRG World Conference

As FRESH AIR enters its final year, there will be plenty of abstracts of emerging findings presented at the IPCRG World Conference in Porto. The meeting will take place from 31 May – 2 June 2018 at the Alfândega Congress Centre.

 

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