Lung Health

Lung Health is an area where experience in chronic infectious disease control (mainly TB & HIV) provides a starting point for approaching chronic non-communicable disease control.

Consensus is building around the need for a greater focus on combating Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. These chronic illnesses require life-long clinical and public health management and are projected to contribute an increasing proportion of the global burden of disease in the next 10 to 20 years. LSTM and partners have attracted a number of staff interested in promoting improved prevention and management of chronic airways disease (COPD and asthma) in developing countries. With chronic cough as the commonest presenting symptom of TB, and a common feature of COPD (chronic bronchitis phenotype), asthma and bronchiectasis, there is an increasing need for health services to provide diagnostic and clinical management plans for these patients. These need to work in synergy with multi-sectoral development and evaluation of preventive strategies such as reduction of indoor air pollution and tobacco control.

 

 

Household air pollution puts more than one in three people worldwide at risk of ill health and early death. more 

CAPS Screenshot 

A video about the Cooking and Pneumonia Study (CAPS) now available. more