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The FRESH AIR project in Uganda is led by Dr Bruce Kirenga of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. 


The context

Uganda is a low income country   which shares characteristics with other  Sub-Saharan African countries. Only 12% of Ugandas population have access to electricity –  falling to 2-6% in rural areas. Biomass fuel which is used extensively: wood fuel in rural areas and charcoal in urban. Rates of tobacco consumption are high amongst men.  There is very low public awareness of the health dangers of smoke.   There is an organised healthcare structure from the village health team to the District Health Officer but the health infrastructure is poor.  Many people have limited access to health care professionals and medicines. 

IPCRG has been working in Uganda since 2010, developing the original FRESH AIR protocols and concepts.  Find out more here, including the original "letters home" from the Principle Investigator of the prevalence survey Frederik van Gemert.

Update March 2017: The Government of Uganda has launched the latest Demographics and Health Survey Report 2016. This complements the Health Sector Development Plan 2015/2016 - 2019/2020. Read more

Country lead

Dr Bruce Kirenga - Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Dr Kirenga is a respiratory physician with formal training in epidemiology and project planning and management.  He has over 10 years’ experience of initiating and coordinating programmatic, training and research health projects.

See Lancet Global Health blog from Bruce announcing the project and also the Makerere Lung Institute January 2016 “Don’t worry, it’s TB negative”, are words often said to east African patients who have just consulted their local physician with complaints about cough, sputum production, and breathlessness...



Summary - for public
Summary for a non-specialist audience of the FRESH AIR plans February 2016 in English

See the original video of the IPCRG FRESH AIR study here

Summary - for clinicians and researchers

Briefing for researchers and clinicians of the FRESH AIR plans February 2016 in English

Team members

Dr. Rebecca Nantanda - WP6
Dr. Simon Walusimbi - WP/2/3/7
Dr. Wince Katagira - WP5
Dr. Patrick Musingizi - WP4

Project Administrator- Shamim Buteme