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Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Prevention and treatment of lung diseases


Specific challenge: The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases will focus its 2015 call for implementation science proposals on lung diseases.

With the burden of this chronic non-communicable disease ever-increasing, the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD[1]), of which the Commission is a member, has agreed to launch a call for proposals on the prevention and treatment of lung diseases, with a focus on intervention research in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and/or in vulnerable populations in high income countries (HIC).

Controlling tobacco consumption and reducing harmful environmental exposures (indoor and outdoor exposures) are among the most important interventions in lung disease[2].

Smoking and other forms of tobacco consumption are considered the single most important cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality worldwide[3]. Tobacco addiction causes about 5.4 million people death each year, and if resolute and urgent action is not taken by 2030 th