Project title: Free Respiratory Evaluation and Smoke-exposure reduction by primary Health cAre Integrated gRoups” 


Acronym: “FRESH AIR


Type of action: RIA, Horizon 2020

Proposal number: SEP-210248848
Project duration: January 2016 - December 2018
Project coordinators:  LUMC: Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands


Involvement: As a partner


  • IPCRG: International Primary Care Respiratory Group, UK
  • MU: Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda
  • MHKR: Ministry of Health Kyrgyz Republic, Kyrgyzstan
  • UMP: University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
  • UOC: University of Crete, Greece
  • ARTEG, The Netherlands
  • ELF: European Lung Foundation, UK
  • UW: University of Washington, USA
  • NCSCT: National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training, UK
  • UMCG: University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • UCPH: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • ECC: European COPD Coalition, Brussels
  • PU: Plymouth University, UK

FRESH AIR is a 3 year project which addresses the urgent need to prevent, diagnose and treat lung diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs). The members of the project will work together to adapt and test innovation and evidence-based practice in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases in four low-resource settings in Uganda, Kyrgyz Republic, Vietnam and Greece with high levels of tobacco consumption and exposure to Household Air Pollution (HAP). For this purpose, the project’s Consortium will transfer skills and technology from EU member states and the US to new contexts and explore a range of implementation science research questions. New knowledge will be widely disseminated nationally, regionally and internationally, ensuring the scale-up of interventions tested by the project and the global impact of research findings. The project will, also, provide new perspectives on policy issues of concern to EU, increase the international profile of EU funded research on key health challenges and open up markets for healthcare innovations.

1. Identifying factors influencing the implementation of evidenced-based interventions.
2. Exploring which awareness-raising approaches are most effective in achieving behavior change.
3. Adapting interventions that provide smoking cessation support.
4. Testing innovative diagnostic methods for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD.
5. Promoting pulmonary rehabilitation as a low cost treatment.
6. Reducing children’s risk of lung damage.
7. Generating new knowledge, innovation and scalable models. 



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