Respiratory Disease

Hundreds of millions of people suffer every day from chronic respiratory diseases. According to the latest WHO estimates (2007), currently 300 million people have asthma, 210 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while millions have allergic rhinitis and other often-underdiagnosed chronic respiratory diseases.

Chronic respiratory diseases are chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Some of the most common are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory allergies, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.

The most important risk factors for preventable chronic respiratory diseases are:

  • Tobacco smoking
  • Indoor air pollution
  • Outdoor pollution
  • Allergens
  • Occupational risks and vulnerability

Information courtesy of World Health Organisation.

This disease is being researched in the following projects:

Research Projects