Dr Connet made a short visit to Latvia in December 2011. As a result of that visit, CHI arranged for Dr Diana Lagzdina from Latvia to attend the CF course at Leeds Metropolitan University early March 2012, where she joined Dr Turcu from Chisinau. After the course she travelled south and spent time with the Southampton Cystic Fibrosis team. The visit gave her a wider perspective of CF treatment, especially the role of the multi-disciplinary team. She took these home to Riga. It was not easy to get the new ideas accepted. However, in July we were delighted to hear that the first multi-disciplinary team had been set up in Riga.
We see this as a very promising step forward and are looking forward to further interaction between the Southampton team and the Latvians, and think CHI still has an important role to play.