Event Type: Observances
Event Name: World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day
Event Description: World COPD Day on 17 November is a global effort to expand understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and advocate for better care for patients. Currently 210 million people have the illness, according to 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.
UN Sponsor: World Health Organization (WHO)
Event URL: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/annual/world_copd_day/en/index.html
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