World COPD Day: 20 November

To raise awareness of the chronic disease that will be the third cause of death worldwide in 2030 (and already is in the US), one day in the year is dedicated to COPD. Today is that day.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a progressive lung condition, which means there is currently no cure. For people with COPD, everyday tasks slowly become a challenge. All over the world, on November 20th, health organizations and patients’ associations such as Lung Foundation Netherlands (Longfonds) try to make this invisible disease visible.

Rapidly increasing numbers

In the coming years, the number of people with COPD will increase significantly worldwide. Today, over 600,000 people in the Netherlands suffer from it. The expectation is that by 2040 there will be more than 800,000. The UK has 1.2 million people living with COPD. As yet, there is no cure. 

First priority

These numbers make finding a solution for the illness a first priority. It is why we initiated the international LONGFONDS | Accelerate programme, joining  experts in the field of lung regeneration with the aim to speed up solutions for COPD patients. Please find more information here.