Biomass Reduction and Environmental Air Towards Health Effects in Africa – (BREATHE Africa) is a partnership of international experts, African investigators and other stakeholders who will make the best use of new opportunities provided by £8m of recent grant investment directed at quantifying and reducing the health effects of household air pollution.
The partnership brings African researchers, both leaders and trainees, together with experts in all key aspects of household air pollution research.
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Objectives of the Partnership
• Draw together experts and investigators in major air pollution trials in order to share findings and plans
• Harmonise specific aspects of trial methodology to ensure that exposure monitoring and health effect evaluation are comparable among active trials and those in development, as well as other research and evaluation with similar exposure and outcome assessment needs.
• Optimise the opportunity to undertake mechanistic work, including testing of new biomarkers, not funded by current trials
• Engage African researchers and trainees in existing and new studies by a bottom-up approach offering mentored research training and projects
These objectives will be achieved with an Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) for a week and interim Theme Programmes including mentored trainee projects and trial site collaborations. The BREATHE Partnership conference will include thematic sessions where data are presented but also (a) Workshops to harmonise case definitions, intervention implementation, sample and data collection and other aspects of household air pollution intervention trial practice that will benefit from collegiate working and (b)Working Groups to plan future activity.
GACC is a project partner of BREATHE-Africa and we maintain close links and have common aims. We have 5 themes: Exposure and Biomarkers; Mechanisms; Health Effects; Interventions and Policy and Research Capacity Building. For the first 4 themes we have PhD research in progress and we also work collaboratively to build on ongoing research in Africa through sharing good practice and developing innovative research proposals. Our theme leads: Stephen Gordon; Nigel Bruce; Kevin Mortimer; Sean Semple and Jonathan Grigg are experienced researchers in the field of HAP and participate in international conferences including those hosted by GACC. We are also working to build research capacity in Africa through the PATS MECOR programme with an emphasis on HAP (linked with our themes) and on expanding expertise in air monitoring.
Regions Operating In
Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5QA
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Jane Ardrey
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