The Kyrgyz Republic has the highest respiratory mortality of all countries in the European Respiratory Society “White Book”. Studies will be conducted in two administrative territorial units of the Kyrgyz Republic. The lowland population of the Chui Region live at 730 m above sea level. The area has a continental climate with hot summers and moderately cold winters. In the area there is the Ore Mining Factory, Concrete & Slate Factory, and Glass Factory. Most people live in rural areas, in private houses and work in agriculture and the highland of the Naryn Region. The population of the Naryn Region lives at 2,200–3,200 meters above sea level and is continuously affected by negative extreme conditions (exogenous hypoxia, cold, strong winds, low humidity) and indoor air pollutants caused by the use of biomass fuels for heating homes and cooking as well as a very high tobacco smoking rate
In November 2013 the IPCRG signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Center of Cardiology and Internal Medicine; and the Kyrgyz Thoracic Society to support the adaptation of the FRESH AIR protocol to the context of Kyrgyzstan.
In 2014, we succeeded in getting financial support to initiate FRESH AIR as part of the European Lung Foundation (ELF) Healthy Lungs for Life programme. Details are provided in this report 1 March 2015.