Uniting to fight respiratory diseases: Second RESPIRE meeting starts today in Dhaka

Child Health Research Foundation is pleased to announce the commencement of the second RESPIRE Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 7th through 9th February 2018.

Each year over 7.1 million people die due to respiratory illness and a third of these deaths occurs in south and south east-Asian countries. In 2017, the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE) at The University of Edinburgh was established with the mission to reduce mortality rate and impact on people’s daily lives caused by these respiratory illnesses. RESPIRE aims to achieve its goal through monitoring emerging respiratory challenges, prioritise evidence-based interventions that have the potential to be adapted to reduce mortality/morbidity in the partner countries, deployment of locally adapted interventions where needed, support and identify effective ways for long term implementation of the program.

In collaboration with Bangladesh, India, Malaysia and Pakistan, RESPIRE has received substantial funding from the UK government to investigate infectious diseases – such as pneumonia, long-term illnesses including asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD).

The upcoming event, primarily hosted by CHRF, is the second global meeting of RESPIRE unit where the experts representing seven countries in Europe, Australia, and Asia will be sharing their ideas to tackle respiratory illnesses in the south and south-east Asian countries. Additionally, a policy dialog on respiratory health will be arranged to discuss the current respiratory health problems in Bangladesh. In the policy meeting, the honourable president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, M.P., will be sharing his experience as a policymaker to promote the pneumococcal vaccine in the routine immunization program of Bangladesh.

The primary objectives of the three days conference are to discuss the following:

  • Prioritising research in respiratory health problems in Bangladesh
  • Introduction of the pneumonia vaccine and the role of parliamentarians
  • Results achieved so far, strengths and challenges
  • Implementation of pulse oximetry (standard tool for non-invasive measuring of peripheral arterial haemoglobin oxygen saturation) at first level health facilities of Bangladesh
  • Effectiveness of bubble continuous positive airway pressure (BCPAP) of Bangladeshi children
  • Consequence of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in young infants
  • Improve care seeking behaviour for pneumonia in Pakistan
  • Estimating Chronic Respiratory Disease (Asthma and COPD) burden in adults in Asian low and middle income countries (including mapping pollen allergens with asthma morbidity in Pakistan)
  • Prevention, detection and treatment of adult lung disease in Tamil Nadu, India
  •  On going and future project funding and sustainability

The RESPIRE team is hopeful that this meeting will be a keystone to promote shared understanding and develop effective, reciprocal and ethical working relationships with the stakeholders of the countries.

The RESPIRE team, University of Edinburgh, 2017.