WORLD CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE DAY [WHO]: NOVEMBER 16, 2013

 

WORLD CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE DAY

Quick Facts

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is held on the second or third Wednesday of November each year.

Name

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day 2014

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day does not occur in 2014

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day is a global effort to boost people’s understanding of COPD and advocate for better care for patients. It is annually held the second or third Wednesday of November.

Doctors consult over an x-rayWorld Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day gives many health care workers the chance to educate others about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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What do people do?

Various health care organizations, educators, government agencies, and patient groups worldwide work together to promote World COPD Day on the second or third Wednesday of November each year.  Activities include:

  • Educational evenings for COPD patients and the general public.
  • COPD Care Days involving scheduled appointments and counseling sessions.
  • Openings for COPD education or health clinics.
  • Free pulmonary function tests.
  • Outpatient education sessions on quitting smoking.
  • Talk show radio programs on dealing with COPD.
  • Bus tours that local physicians organize to bring COPD education and management in remote areas.

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the United Nations’ (UN) directing and coordinating authority for health, to promote World COPD Day.

Public life

The World COPD Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

About 210 million people have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to the 2007 WHO estimates. WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030. Key risk factors for COPD are tobacco smoking, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals. The first World COPD Day was held in 2002. Each year organizers in more than 50 countries worldwide participate in the day.

Symbols

The World COPD Day logo is featured in promotional material for the event. It features a figure of a person, with arms stretched out and the figure’s lungs highlighted, in front of a globe. The inside of the globe is blue and marked by grids and the globe’s outer part is highlighted in red. The words “World COPD Day” are written on the right side of the image of the figure and globe. A straight, black vertical line marks a fine separation between the image and the text.

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day Observances:  SOURCE

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Wed Nov 20 2002 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 19 2003 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 17 2004 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 16 2005 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 15 2006 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 14 2007 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 19 2008 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 18 2009 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 17 2010 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 16 2011 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 16 2012 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 14 2013 World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day United Nations observance

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