Global Health Respiratory Network (GHRN)

Improving respiratory health of the world's poorest through research collaborations

The Global Health Respiratory Network (GHRN) is bringing 10 Respiratory NIHR Groups and Units and one GCRF-funded project together to build value through collaboration, enhance the funders' investment and meet our aim of improving respiratory health of the world’s poorest. The Network aims to leverage the capacities of its members to identify new ways to tackle challenges in the Global South and to improve the collective competitiveness and effectiveness of the network members. The UK-funded Global South-facing research collaborations share a focus on respiratory related illness and on capacity building and multidisciplinary research in active partnership with low and middle income country researchers.

Drawing attention to Respiratory Health

The GHRN aims to address the relatively low attention levels that respiratory disorders receive, despite being responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Asthma, for example causes 1000 deaths per day yet only half the world’s countries collect asthma data. COPD also receives the lower levels of research funding that non-communicable diseases receive, particularly in low and middle income countries. The GHRN aims to change funders' approach to both communicable and non-communicable respiratory research, working together rather than in competition with each other.

The GHRN brings those working in public health, prevention, primary,  secondary and palliative care research together, looking at respiratory health through a system-wide lens to – most importantly – lead to improvements in the respiratory health of the world’s poorest people.

Celebrating our first year

 Members of the GHRN at the inaugural meeting in Edinburgh, 2018

The GHRN is completing its first year. In this time the Network has identified gaps and opportunities in the current project activities, built data collaboration, benefited from cross-site training and agreed and acted on priorities, with 13 Deliverables achieved for the first year. A full introduction, member and priority list is laid out in the published article ‘The UK’s Global Health Respiratory Network: Improving respiratory health of the world's poorest through research collaborations