World 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. Its aim is to raise awareness, share knowledge, and discuss ways to reduce the burden of COPD worldwide.
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 make an impact locally and worldwide.
The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries have carried out activities, making the day one of the world's most important COPD awareness and education events.
The 2022 theme for World COPD Day will be “Your Lungs for Life" and takes place on November 16th. This year's theme aims to highlight the importance of lifelong lung health. You are born with only one set of lungs. From development to adulthood, keeping lungs healthy is an integral part of future health and well-being. This campaign will focus on contributing factors to COPD from birth to adulthood and what we can do to promote lifelong lung health as well as protect vulnerable populations.
Click here to download this year's World COPD Day graphic in English!
Click here for a joint podcast between GOLD and COPD Foundation discussing this year's theme, "Your Lungs for Life".
Click here for a press release for this year's event!
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Thank you for sharing your activities via Twitter (@gold_copd), Facebook (@worldcopdday), or by submitting through the GOLD website. We look forward to seeing how you are recognizing World COPD Day in your communities!