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Dear Colleague
 
We are really looking forward to our 1st South Asian Primary Care Respiratory Conference, held jointly with Primary Care Respiratory Group, Sri Lanka, and supported by the Ministry of Health, National Science Foundation and WHO regional office. It is also a collaboration with our FRESH AIR collagues. It’s a great opportunity to bring the interim findings and information from FRESH AIR to South Asia, including updates on ways to tackle indoor air pollution, treating tobacco dependence, introducing better diagnosis of chronic lung disease in children and adults and implementing pulmonary rehabilitation in low income countries and hard-to-reach populations.
 
Programme content
To see the programme go here.
3rd August: attend either a research writing school or practical clinical workshops
4th-5th  August: plenary sessions and oral presentations, featuring FRESH AIR themes of diagnosis in children and adults, tobacco dependence, indoor air pollution, pulmonary rehabilitation; and also challenges in vaccination, asthma, COPD, TB, cough, ACOS, and allergy.
 
It's going to be a truly international meeting providing you with updates, answers and skills on a comprehensive range of new primary care respiratory research and key challenges for the region.    There is also time to network with colleagues from around the world and to share ideas, experience and practice.
 
Selected abstracts will be published as an online supplement by npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine after the meeting. 
 
Visa required to travel?
 
Details on who requires a visa and how to apply for one can be found on the following site https://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ (you may need to copy and paste this link if clicking doesn’t work)
 
Follow us virtually!

Follow us on Twitter @IPCRGSriLanka17
And register for www.vivindatv.com that will be webcasting sessions and offering video on demand from the three days.
VivindaTV is brought to you by Novartis and is intended as a non-promotional, medical education resource and virtual meeting venue exclusively for healthcare professionals.  You must register before 6th August 2017 to access the sessions.
 
Kind Regards and see you all in Colombo this week.
 
Prof Savi Wimalasekera, Chair
Sri Lanka Scientific Programme Committee