Acute Lower Respiratory Tract Infectious Disorders
Leads: Samir Saha, Child Health Research Foundation, and Harish Nair, University of Edinburgh
Acute illnesses are those that are of short duration, in contrast to chronic conditions which are long-term. This programme of work focuses on acute lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia.
RESPIRE projects in this area focus on four key areas
- The adaptation and tailoring of existing interventions, which can be incorporated into existing health care systems in each country. This also involves assessing the ability of such interventions to be delivered at a larger scale.
- To enrich and/or develop new cohorts of lower respiratory tract infections that will provide platforms for future clinical trials.
- Developing new interventions through small scale projects, to serve as proofs of concept for larger scale trials.
- Conducting multi-country trials to inform the development of new patient management guidelines, feeding into the evidence base for the World Health Organization (WHO).
Bubble CPAP for treatment of Bangladeshi children with severe pneumonia
Introducing pulse oximetry in IMCI services in Bangladesh
Community use of digital auscultation in diagnosis of pneumonia
Computational framework to interpret chest X-rays and diagnose pneumonia
Consequence of RSV infection in young infants
Introducing pulse oximetry in IMCI services in Pune district, India
Understanding the reasons for delay in seeking care for pneumonia
Pneumonia case management practices in Pakistan
Pneumonia related policy formation in Pakistan
Perceived effects of second-hand smoke in pregnancy
Fellows and PhD students
In addition to the above projects, a number of our Fellows and PhD students are also working on stand-alone projects related to acute lower respiratory tract infections.