World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in collaboration with health care professionals and COPD patient groups throughout the world on November every year. The 2018 theme for World COPD Day celebrated on 21 November is “Never too early, never too late”.
Its aim is to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms, risk factors, treatment and improve COPD care throughout the world.
COPD is the name used to describe a number of conditions affecting the lungs including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD makes it difficult to breathe and you might find everyday tasks can be a real challenge. But with the right support, it’s possible to live well with COPD.
Each year GOLD chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World COPD Day materials and resources. World COPD Day activities are organized in each country by health care professionals, educators, and members of the public who want to help reduce the burden of COPD.
The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries worldwide have carried out activities, making the day one of the world’s most important COPD awareness and education events.
>> Source: goldcopd.org; blf.org.uk