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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.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la Enfermedad Pulmonar Obstructiva Crónica (EPOC)Spanish
עולם יום מחלת ריאות חסימתית כרוניHebrew
العالم الرئة الانسدادي المزمن مرض يومArabic
세계 만성 폐쇄성 폐 질환의 날Korean
Welt-COPD-TagGerman

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day 2015

World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day does not occur in 2015
List of dates for other years

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-ray

World 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:

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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedNov 202002World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 192003World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 172004World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 162005World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 152006World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 142007World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 192008World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 182009World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 172010World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 162011World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
FriNov 162012World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 202013World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 192014World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease DayUnited Nations observance 
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