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WE CARE ABOUT YOUR LUNGS!

The global impact of the five main respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, respiratory infections, tuberculosis (TB) and lung cancer) is massive. Combined they represent an immense burden of suffering, as well as a leading cause of death and disability. They include both acute and chronic, infectious and non-communicable diseases.

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) was established in 2001, with members coming from several existing international societies, including American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS). Since the launch of FIRS, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) have also joined, for a total of 9 member organisations.

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The forum aims to promote advocacy in matters of global respiratory health and the identification of new areas for global initiatives

FIRS was established in 2001, with members coming from a number of international societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR),  Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS). Since the launch of FIRS, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) have also joined.

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    Read the latest statement (29/01/2019) (PDF, 53KB)

    Was treibt die Lungenärzte an?* –Better respiratory health for all!

    In response to an article published in Frankfurter Allgemeine on January 24, 2019, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) respectively disagrees with the group of about 100 pulmonologists and agrees with the German national standards, the European standards, and the World Health Organization (WHO) standards.

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    The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) would like to thank all organisations who have pledged to support World Lung Day 2019.

    World Lung Day falls on 25th September and is a day to rally advocacy for respiratory health and air quality globally. You can see the full list of organisations supporting World Lung Day 2019 below.

    No signed up yet?

    If you would like to support World Lung Day please email lisa.roscoe@firsnet.org.

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  • TB Day

    World TB Day, falling on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries.

    This year the theme is 'It's Time'.

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Calendar

FIRS Member Conferences

17-22 May 2019 Dallas, USA ATS
03-06 July 2019 Panama ALAT
28 Sep-02 Oct 2019 Madrid, Spain ERS
19-23 Oct 2019 New Orleans, USA CHEST
30 Oct-02 Nov 2019 Hyderabad, India UNION
14-17 Nov 2019 Hanoi, Vietnam APSR

World days related to lung health

24 Mar 2019 World Tuberculosis Day
7 May 2019 World Asthma Day
31 May 2019 World No Tobacco Day
1 Aug 2019 World Lung Cancer Day
25 Sep 2019 World Lung Day
12 Nov 2019 World Pneumonia Day
20 Nov 2019 World COPD Day
1 Dec 2019 World AIDS Day

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Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Avenue Ste-Luce 4 |1003 Lausanne (Switzerland)
Alexandra Alexandropoulou

 

 

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