The FRESH AIR programme aimed to improve understanding of the prevalence of chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors, including all types of smoke, and to develop capacity for the implementation of evidence-based interventions for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases in low-resource settings.
FRESH AIR stands for Free Respiratory Evaluation and Smoke-exposure reduction by primary Health cAre Integrated gRoups. In 2015 IPCRG initiated and led the development of a proposal for European Commission Horizon 2020 funding for an innovative FRESH AIR three-year implementation science project in Uganda, Vietnam, Greece and the Kyrgyz Republic. The proposal was awarded funding and, in October 2015, a Consortium of 14 organisations started working on the project.
The programme aimed to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of non-communicable lung diseases in low and middle income countries (LMICs) and other low-resource settings.