Makerere University Lung Institute is a champion in innovative lung health research that integrates disease prevention, clinical care and training in sub-Saharan Africa.
Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing a convergence of communicable and non-communicable lung diseases such as Tuberculosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, asthma and lung cancer. Lung diseases are not only among the top causes of ill health and deaths but also remain largely under-recognized, partly because of low awareness in the general population. Lung diseases greatly impact on the quality of life of the affected people and their families; lead to high healthcare costs to the individual and the country. In addition, they are associated with loss of productivity which hinders personal and national development.