Chronic respiratory disease (CRD) has been fairly low on health policy agendas, both internationally and nationally in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). This has been understandable, given the impact of communicable diseases such as HIV, malaria and tuberculosis. But the impact and prevalence of CRDs is increasing, alongside a steady rise in life expectancy and better treatments for communicable diseases. It is now a priority to prevent and provide better treatment for CRDs.
We train providers to perform and interpret spirometry, to find and treat common chronic lung disease.
The FRESH AIR project in Greece is being implemented by a multidisciplinary research team from the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine within the University of Crete.
The FRESH AIR team carried out a visit to Vietnam on 17-21 October, 2016. FRESH AIR actions in WP5 are designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of lung disease in the country, and this visit was to inform the WP5 team of the current situation.
We talk about Turning the World Upside Down where low income countries have something to reach high income countries about the delivery of health care. But is it real?