Aim and objectives

The overall aim of the FRESH AIR project is to improve health outcomes for people at risk of or suffering from non-communicable lung diseases in low-resource settings by developing capacity for implementation of evidence-based interventions for prevention, diagnosis and treatment in these contexts.  The project will achieve this through seven specific objectives:  

  1. To identify the specific factors that influence the implementation of evidence-based interventions in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable lung diseases in community settings 
  2. To explore which awareness-raising approaches are most effective in motivating behaviour change in tobacco consumption and HAP exposure 
  3. To provide access to smoking cessation support by adapting successful evidence-based Very Brief Advice (VBA)
  4. To test the feasibility and acceptability of methods for diagnosing COPD using innovative spirometry 
  5. To test the feasibility and acceptability of pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) as a low cost treatment for obstructive lung disease
  6. To test how to best reduce children’s respiratory symptoms and the risk of lung damage by exploring the feasibility, acceptability and optimal organisation of interventions
  7. To generate new knowledge, innovation and scalable models that ensure equitable access and to support their implementation through proactive dissemination


The FRESH AIR Horizon 2020 project activities are divided into seven work packages, each of has its own specific objectives, tasks and deliverables. Each work package also has a lead member of the consortium who is responsible for coordinating the activities.  These work packages are interlinked: