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As FRESH AIR moves into its final year it becomes clearer where there are opportunities to make a difference and where the priorities for action lie.

We are delighted that the European Commission already regards us as a success story. In this newsletter we highlight the strengthening case to urgently tackle children's exposure to smoke for their long-term survival; the feasibility, enthusiasm and commitment to improving diagnosis, including the rapid uptake of new technology in low and middle income countries; and the amazing potential to build implementation science capability in primary care.

Read the newsletter and come to one of the two IPCRG conferences listed to learn more about FRESH AIR findings.

Illustration produced by Plymouth University Illustration BA(hons) students Rachel Simpson, Skye Liu Tianzi and Georgina Moram.


Meet the FRESH AIR team: Kyrgyz Republic

The FRESH AIR team in the Kyrgyz Republic gives an overview of FRESH AIR activities in the country and how they have helped to improve lung health in their local communities.

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Preventing lung disease by reducing exposure to household air pollution: update on improved cookstoves

Dr Frederik van Gemert reports on FRESH AIR interventions aimed at raising community awareness of the damaging effects of household air pollution caused by burning biomass fuel.

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Developing capacity for implementation science: update on internet-based spirometry training for healthcare practitioners in Vietnam

Professor Jim Stout gives an overview on Spirometry 360 and its uptake in Vietnam.

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FRESH AIR at the IPCRG World Conference

FRESH AIR at the 9th International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) World and 1st Ibero-American Conference: FRESH AIR will be showcased at the 9th IPCRG World and 1st Ibero-American Conference in Porto, Portugal (31 May–2 June, 2018 at the Alfândega Congress Centre). The final joint project management board meeting with the Scientific Advisory Committee will take place on 30 May, and several FRESH AIR abstracts and posters will be presented during the conference.  Click here for access a full list of FRESH AIR abstracts

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Programme spotlight: Children's session

FRESH AIR is generating some challenging new evidence about how best to protect children's respiratory health in low and middle income countries. This will be explored in a dedicated session.
Session 7.3: Friday 1 June, 4.30pm–5:40pm.

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1st IPCRG Euro-Asian conference in Bishkek 18-20 October 2018

IPCRG and the FRESH AIR team are planning the first IPCRG Euro-Asian meeting for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region to share findings from FRESH AIR Kyrgyzstan with policymakers, primary care clinicians and patients.

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