Day of the lung science

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 15:00

1. Tuberculosis and Air pollution Exposure ÔÇô Epidemiological and Mechanistic Evidence

Presenter: Stephan K. Schwander, MD, PhD
Director of the Center for Global Public Health &
Associate Professor Department of Environmental
and Occupational Health, School of Public Health
Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA

1. Air pollution Exposure Assessment and Exposure Mitigation

Presenter: Qingyu Meng, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Public Health, Rutgers University &
Graduate faculty in Environmental Sciences at
Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Chair: Martin Okot-Nwang, MMed.
Date: Wednesday August 17th 2016, 3:00-5:00PM
Venue: Conference Room, Level 2, Clinical Research Building.
On the 25th of March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released new estimates of the contribution of air pollution to global mortality showing that in the year 2012, 7 million deaths were attributable to air pollution worldwide.

A recent survey has indicated that the level of particulate air pollutants in Kampala exceeds health allowance limit by over five times. Air pollution is linked to several diseases; from respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases to impairment of lung growth right from the prenatal life thus threatening the health of entire generations. Recently, it has been discovered that air pollution may be accelerating infections such tuberculosis and possibly HIV.

This two part lecture will review current air pollution exposure assessment and how exposure can be reduced at personal and population level.
Recognising the importance of tuberculosis in our communities, the lecture will also review the basic mechanism of the association of TB and air pollution as well as the epidemiological links between air pollution and TB.