NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Respiratory Health (RESPIRE)

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

  1. 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.
  2. To enrich and/or develop new cohorts of lower respiratory tract infections that will provide platforms for future clinical trials.
  3. Developing new interventions through small scale projects, to serve as proofs of concept for larger scale trials.
  4. Conducting multi-country trials to inform the development of new patient management guidelines, feeding into the evidence base for the World Health Organization (WHO).

Our projects

Introducing pulse oximetry in IMCI services in Bangladesh

This project is based at icddr,b in Bangladesh

Community use of digital auscultation in diagnosis of pneumonia

This project is based at Projahnmo Research Foundation in Bangladesh

Computational framework to interpret chest X-rays and diagnose pneumonia

This project is based at Child Health Research Foundation in Bangladesh

Consequence of RSV infection in young infants

This project is led from Bangladesh, also working with partners in India and Pakistan

Introducing pulse oximetry in IMCI services in Pune district, India

This project is based at King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital Research Centre, Pune in India

Understanding the reasons for delay in seeking care for pneumonia

This project is based at Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Research Network (MNCHRN) in Pakistan

Pneumonia case management practices in Pakistan

This project is based at Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Research Network (MNCHRN) in Pakistan

Pneumonia related policy formation in Pakistan

This project is based at Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Research Network (MNCHRN) in Pakistan

Perceived effects of second-hand smoke in pregnancy

This project is based at the Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health Research Network (MNCHRN) in Pakistan

 

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.

Find out more about Nomana Zeeshan's Fellowship

Find out more about Ahad Mahmud Khan's PhD studentship

Find out more about Lois King's PhD studentship

Find out more about Sudipto Roy's PhD studentship