World Lung Day 2019: Healthy Lungs For All

    World Lung Day (WLD), 25 September, is a day for lung health advocacy and action, an opportunity for us all to unite and promote better lung health globally.

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    Respiratory diseases impose an immense worldwide health burden. The facts are shocking:

    • 65 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 3 million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide.
    • 10 million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year, making it the most common lethal infectious disease.
    • 1.76 million people die from lung cancer each year, making it the most deadly cancer.
    • 334 million people suffer from asthma, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects 14 percent of children globally − and rising.
    • Pneumonia kills millions of people each year making it a leading cause of death in the very young and very old.
    • 91 percent of the world’s population live in places where air quality exceeds WHO guideline limits.

    2019 World Lung Day Theme

    On 23 September, just two days before WLD the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) takes place. UHC calls for all people to receive the health services they need, when they need it, without suffering financial hardship. 

    Universal coverage is particularly important to persons with respiratory disease. For example, a break in the supply of medicine for patient with tuberculosis could cause the development of drug resistance, which carries serious consequences. The abrupt unavailability of asthma medicine could cause severe suffering and even death. Lack of health care provider availability usually means delay in diagnosis, which could be fatal for lung cancer patients.

    The global spotlight on UHC represents an opportunity for substantial progress in the fight against lung disease around the world.

    On WLD we are asking the lung health community to raise awareness of the burden of respiratory disease, whilst advocating for UHC.

    WLD messaging includes ‘Leave no one behind. On #WorldLungDay call for HEALTHY LUNGS FOR ALL.’

    World Lung Day Toolkit

    World Lung Day Images (click on the image to save)

    World Lung Day Events

    You could hold an event or activity on or near WLD to celebrate lung health, this could be a community event, lung testing with spirometry, a press conference or even an interview on radio or tv. Send through details of your event, these will be added to the website.

    If you're looking for event inspiration, why not consider holding a Healthy Lungs for Life event? The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign encourages people to protect their lungs by being physically active, stopping smoking, reducing air pollution and getting vaccinated. Past events have included spirometry testing, group exercise, stop smoking advice clinics and vaccination pledges. To find out more and download your toolkit, visit the Healthy Lungs for Life website and don't forget to tell the world by sharing the Healthy Lungs for Life pledge image (below) on your social media pages. 

    World Lung Day Pledge Campaign

    What will you pledge to do this WLD?

    On WLD please share one of these WLD pledges on your social media accounts, or you could take a photograph of yourself doing something for WLD. Don't forget to include #WorldLungDay in your posts. If you would like to write your own pledge, here is a blank pledge which can be printed. 

     


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