Chronic respiratory diseases

WHO strategy for prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases

Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 13
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/MNC/CRA/02.1



The objectives of the WHO strategy on chronic respiratory diseases are:

  • Better surveillance to map the magnitude of chronic respiratory diseases and analyse their determinants with particular reference to poor and disadvantaged populations, and to monitor future trends.
  • Primary prevention to reduce the level of exposure of individuals and populations to common risk factors, particularly tobacco, poor nutrition, frequent lower respiratory infections during childhood, and environmental air pollution (indoor, outdoor, and occupational).
  • Secondary and tertiary prevention to strengthen health care for people with chronic respiratory diseases by identifying cost-effective interventions, upgrading standards and accessibility of care at different levels of the health care system.