NeFCoS is a multidisciplinary, longitudinal family cohort study designed to be one of its kind, informative research conducted in various geographical areas of Nepal. Our primary focus is understanding the multiple determinants of health conditions, particularly lung health in children. We continuously monitor the participants’ health subjects using questionnaires, objective measurement of health conditions, and collecting healthcare-based data. NeFCoS researchers follow the children prospectively as they develop from childhood to adolescence and adulthood to correctly identify the effects of different early life exposures on health and disease. Our findings will likely influence medical practice, parenting choices, consumer product regulation, and policy development—from building codes and household purchasing behaviors to decisions about childbirth and delivery, diet, breastfeeding, cleaning products used in homes, owning a family pet, and dealing with stress. We mainly focus on understanding the prevalence and incidence of various lung diseases in young children, including lung growth.
Principal Investigator: Dr Om P Kurmi
Project Site: Bhairahawa, Rupandehi and Walling, Syangja
Current Status: Ongoing