The Institute is hinged on research and innovation to address the lung disease burden. Currently, the Institute is implementing over 15 research projects focusing on chronic lung diseases such as COPD; asthma which involves characterizing severe asthma in the African population, and establishing a state of the art asthma care model. Other research projects include; population based surveys, pulmonary rehabilitation; testing interventions for smoking cessation and reduction of exposure to air pollution, etc. All these projects contribute towards the institute’s vision of an Africa with healthy lungs.

The department of Research and Innovation at MLI supports researchers and Principal Investigators to conduct good quality and ethical research.


  1. Over 22 research fellows including Physicians, Pediatricians, Public health specialists, health economists, and researchers.
  1. Collaboration with over 8 institutions some of which are the world-leading in lung health research.

Lung Health Research at MLI

MLI  is actively conducting research in a wide range of lung diseases i.e. asthma chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), tuberculosis (TB), air pollution, post-TB lung disease,  pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In addition, the institute conducts research specific to lung diseases in children including pneumonia, asthma, TB as well as conditions during pregnancy that affect lung health in children.

Impact on policy, Health and well-being of Ugandans

  1. Eighty (80) peer-reviewed scientific papers
  2. Our research findings have guided policymakers
  3. Highlighted the quality & need for air quality monitoring in Kampala
  4. Provision of novel diagnostic tests & treatments for lung health patients in Uganda

Clinical Research

  1. Spirometry services in 5 regional hospitals in
  2. State-of-the-art equipment that measures lung function in newborns.
  3. Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) services and a building dedicated to offering patients this service as well as training other health care workers in PR.
  4. Equipment that measures the ability of the lungs to transfer oxygen from the air we breathe, into the blood.
  5. Equipment that measures the degree of inflammation in the airways of people with asthma.