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Dear Colleague
 
The global charity, International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) is delighted to announce two new major partnerships with established UK centres of academic respiratory excellence to build research capability in respiratory care in LMICs. This enables us to extend learning about respiratory research into new communities, connect our primary care colleagues with multi-disciplinary research teams, and build on our statement of prioritised research needs.  IPCRG colleagues are now involved in eight programmes, from: Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Georgia, China, FYR Macedonia and Brazil. We are working with University of Edinburgh and University of Birmingham, UK as part of new global health research initiatives funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
 
We are delighted that IPCRG is involved with two of the three respiratory projects NIHR is supporting in this latest global health funding call.
 
“This is a very welcome initiative by the National Institute of Health Research, UK. Despite the enormous global burden of respiratory diseases such as TB, chronic obstructive lung disease, asthma and allergy and the huge potential for primary care to diagnose and manage the care of people with respiratory symptoms, it has been difficult for primary care and for respiratory health care professionals to find investment to develop their skills in research and in particular respiratory research. These partnerships will reduce respiratory burden in the IPCRG’s network of low and middle income countries.”
Professor Hilary Pinnock, Chair of the Education Committee of IPCRG and first author of the prioritised research needs assessment.
 
“Primary care needs evidence-based guidance generated from studies conducted in and by primary care, that include the patients, problems and constraints that they see in real life.  These programmes will enable greater generation of such evidence.  IPCRG has now run fourteen international meetings over seventeen years where primary care colleagues from around the world share their research findings, which demonstrate primary care’s potential to improve health and to demonstrate that improvement through research. We are meeting in Sri Lanka this week, with over 300 colleagues from all over South Asia, and South East Asia, showing the first results of our FRESH AIR programme funded by a research grant from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.”
Dr Rachel Jordan, Chair of the Research Committee of IPCRG.
 
More information
For more information about our partnership with University of Edinburgh, NIHR Global Health Research Unit on respiratory health, RESPIRE:
 
For more information about our partnership with University of Birmingham, NIHR Global Health Research Group on Global COPD in Primary Care:   press release
For more information about IPCRG: www.ipcrg.org/aboutus
For more information about FRESH AIR: www.theipcrg.org/freshair and www.freshair.world
Our journal, Nature Partner Journals Primary Care Respiratory Medicine https://www.nature.com/npjpcrm/
 
Twitter: from our recent 1st South Asian Primary Care Respiratory Conference:
@ipcrgsrilanka17 #srilanka17
 
NIHR: #NIHRGH
 
@IPCRG
@FRESHAIRTeam
 
Background
The IPCRG is a not-for-profit clinically-led organisation registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee in Scotland that operates internationally.  It represents national primary care respiratory groups and facilitates communities of practice and networks across the world with the aim of improving the quality of care for people with respiratory problems delivered in and to the community worldwide. 
 
Through its network of 130,000+ primary care professionals in over 30 countries, the IPCRG initiates, shares, spreads and supports the implementation of evidence in community settings for the prevention, treatment and care of breathing and lung problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tobacco dependence, allergic rhinitis, sleep apnoea and respiratory infection.  It has a long track record of delivering research and education projects funded through public and private funds.

The IPCRG is the primary care representative on the World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Alliance against chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) Planning Executive, the Respiratory Special Interest Group of The World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Europe and an Organisation in Collaborative Relations with WONCA Global.  Its peer-reviewed journal, npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine is published by Nature Publishing Group.
 
www.theipcrg.org