Health Days 2013

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is not a single disease but an umbrella term used to describe chronic lung diseases, most notably bronchitis and emphysema.
World (COPD) Day Goals:
  • Raise awareness and introduce (COPD)
  • Reduce (COPD) infection rates.
  • Reduce (COPD) prevalence
An estimated 64 million people have COPD right now, due to risk factors which increase the threat of the incidence of this disease, such as smoking, indoor and outdoor air pollution, and exposure to dust and chemicals at work places.
WHO predicts that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2030.
Internationally Approved Date: 20/11/2013
Locally Approved Date: 17/1/1435H
Theme of the World COPD Day 2013:
“It's Not Too Late.”
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Targeted Groups:
  • Smokers and contacts of smokers.
  • Workers in chemical plants.
  • The elderly (40 years and above).
  • Children with recurrent disorders and inflammations in the pulmonary system.
  • Workers of the health sector and health societies.
Objectives and General Messages of the World COPD Day 2013:
  • Raising awareness about this world epidemic.
  • Providing and preparing healthy environments, especially for the poor and needy.
  • Protect against the disease; by avoiding such risk factors as smoking, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.
  • Preventing the incidence of early paralysis or death owing to COPD.   
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Last Update : 13 November 2013 11:18 AM
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