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Singing for Breathing Uganda: Group singing for people with chronic lung disease in Kampala

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Group singing for people with chronic lung diseases has become increasingly popular in Europe, North America and Australia, with a growing body of research suggesting biopsychosocial benefits for participants. This article presents notes from the field and includes information about the programme sessions and programme evaluation, on Singing for Breathing (SFB) Uganda, a group singing programme for people with chronic lung diseases in Kampala, Uganda. Sessions were delivered by Ugandan singing leaders who were supported by a British Lung Foundation Singing for Lung Health trained leader. Sessions included physical, vocal and breathing warm-ups, rhythm and pitch games, repertoire and relaxation. Programme evaluation indicates that sessions were greatly enjoyed by participants and facilitators. Lessons learnt will inform the development of resources to support other groups in Uganda and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: COPD; Chronic Lung Disease; Uganda; dyspnoea; self-management; singing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: musician and freelance project manager 2: Imperial College London and The Royal Brompton 3: Makerere University

Publication date: July 1, 2019

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