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Respiratory Groups Call for an End to Preventable Pneumonia Deaths

world pneumonia day 2019 call to action

In support of World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) is a member, calls for an end to preventable pneumonia deaths, ensuring equitable access to interventions for prevention and control of pneumonia. Every minute, 2 children die from pneumonia, representing …

World Lung Day 2019: Respiratory Groups Unite to Call for Healthy Lungs for All

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 25 September 2019 Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), GOLD is united with members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and WLD partner organizations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call on policymakers to ensure that everyone has access to the services they …

Global study links short-term air pollution exposure to cardiovascular and respiratory mortality, warns international respiratory group

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine found associations between short-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) and cardiovascular and respiratory mortality risk, from over 600 cities across the globe. [1] The adverse health effects of short-term exposure to ambient air pollution have been well documented. Particulate matter (PM) raises public health concerns …

World Lung Cancer Day 2019

Respiratory groups raise awareness about lung cancer risks, screening, and treatments Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 1 August 2019 On World Lung Cancer Day, Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) commemorates, celebrates and supports those impacted by lung cancer. …

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. If you haven’t joined yet, sign up as a WLD partner by emailing lisa.roscoe@firsnet.org, all our WLD partners are included on our partners page.  Respiratory diseases impose an immense …

The lung is not the only organ affected by air pollution, warns international respiratory group

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) warns that air pollution exposure affects many organs beyond the lungs, posing a great risk to health. Outdoor fine particulate matter exposure is the fifth leading risk factor for death in the world, accounting for 4.2 million deaths and 103 million disability-adjusted life years lost according to the …

Pakistani doctors stand tall in their fight against smoking this World No Tobacco Day

Renowned physicians from the country have joined hands in their fight against the growing tobacco epidemic. The physicians have expressed their concern regarding the issue that continues to plague the country in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister. They are of the opinion that if not controlled, the growing use of tobacco might result …