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Climate change as a risk to respiratory health
Changes in climate constitute a reality that, according to recent projections, is going to worsen in the coming years.1 Increasing air pollution and climate change have an impact on respiratory health and mortality where climate change represents a massive direct threat to respiratory health by promoting or aggravating respiratory diseases or indirectly by increasing exposure to risk factors for respiratory diseases.
To support pharmacists to play a proactive role in respiratory management of the health impact of indoor air pollution by helping to address their practice and education needs to enable them to provide better patient advice and self-care.
- Identify the changes in climate as well as the interrelationship between climate change and air pollution
- Understand the impact of climate change and air pollution on health particularly respiratory health
- Understand how climate change and air pollution affect people living in low- and middle-income countries
- Know the intervention, treatment and management strategies including self-care measures to minimize the impact on respiratory health
- Recognize the role pharmacists must play to support better health care delivery and patient care
- Gonçalo Sousa Pinto, Lead for practice development and transformation, FIP Spain
- Kian Fan Chung, Professor of Respiratory Medicine, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- Sundeep Salvi, Founder and Director The Chest Research Foundation, India
- Lina Bader, FIP Lead for Equity, sustainability policy and development International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), Saudi Arabia
- Ravijyot Saggu, Lead clinical pharmacist and CPhO clinical fellow ’21/’22, NHS England, UK