The International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA), hosted by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LTSM), is a collaboration of 17 partner institutions across 11 African countries. IMPALA will engage in multi-disciplinary collaborative work with scientists from Africa and the UK in the clinical and public health, applied social science, health systems, health economics and modelling, and implementation science disciplines. Through these multi-disciplinary collaborations, IMPALA will produce scientific knowledge and implementable solutions for issues related to lung health in Africa. The work will focus specifically on intersections between non-communicable lung disease, acute lung disease, air pollution, and tobacco-related disease; and how each of these interact with TB.
International respiratory societies, organisations and health policy research consortia, with strong representation from Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), have been involved in prioritising relevant research topics and themes and will provide strategic guidance for IMPALA. These include: