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Chronic respiratory diseases in developing countries: the burden and strategies for prevention and management

Chronic respiratory diseases in developing countries: the burden and strategies for prevention and management.
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This paper explores the prevalence of chronic respiratory disease in developing countries and the challenges for public health in addressing the frequency and economic impact of chronic respiratory disease. The authors argue that there is a link between poverty and non-communicable respiratory disease, which can be addressed at an international and national level. This paper offers practical public health strategies to aid prevention and management of COPD and asthma.

Aït-Khaled N, Enarson D, & Bousquet. Chronic respiratory diseases in developing countries: the burden and strategies for prevention and management. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2001, 79: 971–979.

As a result of reading this paper you will:

  • Understand the link between poverty and chronic respiratory disease in developing countries

  • Explore obstacles in the adherence to/ use of guidelines

  • Identify practical public health strategies for prevention and management of COPD and Asthma

Consider the following questions and write some of your reflections in the comments section below or write them down for your notes to refer to:

  1. Identify three public health strategies in your country for prevention and management of COPD

  2. Identify three public health strategies for prevention and management of Asthma

  3. Think about your role in the prevention and management of CRD

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