Policy context

In the past 10 years, the World Health Organization (WHO) and some individual countries have introduced measures to lighten the burden of respiratory disease in Europe. While it is still too early to evaluate the impact of these policies, we recognise that there has been progress. However, a number of problems have emerged, including ever-growing concerns regarding the alarming increase in the number of individuals with NCDs, financial difficulties over the sustainability of health systems, the increasing resistance of infectious agents to antibiotics and the re-emergence of tuberculosis (TB) as a worrying infectious disease.

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