Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of lung diseases that block airflow from the lungs and develop difficulties in breathing. The disease is the third leading cause of death globally.
World COPD Day
Every year, the third Wednesday of November is observed as World COPD Day with an aim to create awareness about the disease. World COPD Day 2020 is being observed on November 18 and this year’s theme is “Living Well with COPD – Everybody, Everywhere”. It is the 19th Annual World COPD Day. The theme for every year is chosen by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). COPD Day is organized every year by GOLD and World Health Organisation (WHO). 1st COPD Day was observed in the year 2002.
Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD)
Launched in 1997, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) works with health care professionals around the globe for raising awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and for improving prevention and treatment of the disease. It was launched in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, USA.