Europeans to Launch COPD Call to Action
the 24 million Americans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are of
major concern in U.S.
health care circles, the patient population here pales in comparison to the 44
million Europeans with the same breathing problems.
gain support for a unified plan to cut COPD mortality and morbidity across the
pond, the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients'
Associations (AFE) will launch a major initiative, "Pulmonary Disease: A
European Problem with European Solutions" at a reception to be held in the
Members Salon in the European Parliament Building in Brussels, Belgium, on June
the event will be Member of European Parliament Catherine Stihler, of Scotland, an
anti-smoking advocate and public health supporter. Also expected to attend is
parliament member Dr. Miroslav Mikolasik, of the Slovak Republic, an expert in
asthma management. Other guests will include: European Commission
representatives; COPD patients; representatives of Smoke Free Partnership; and
members of the European Respiratory Society, the Health and Environment
Alliance, the European Lung Foundation, and the European Patient Forum.
note the main cause of COPD in European nations as in the United States is cigarette
smoke, but poor indoor air quality can lead to problems as well if pollutants
like dust or fumes are present.
its call to action, the EFA hopes to ensure that each European citizen has the
best chance of being informed about the disease, diagnosed early, and
effectively treated, say organization officials. The effort is made far more
difficult because of the vast number of foreign languages involved, and
painstaking plans must be made spread a uniform messages in Greek, French,
Italian, Polish, English, and Flemish to name just a few.
the call to action aims to create a common approach to addressing COPD
throughout all the European nations.
things stand, COPD is on track to become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
you have to look at those 44 million Europeans with COPD as a formidable number
of people compared to the U.S.
numbers, making the combined effort of so many European nations at one time
especially important and laudable.