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.

News & Actions

About us

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

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) was established in 2001, with members coming from a number of international societies, including Asociación Latinoamericana del Thorax (ALAT), the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS).



Some of the key issues highlighted in the report are:

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 200 million people and is the fourth leading cause of death in the world.
  • Asthma affects about 235 million people worldwide, is one of the most frequent reasons for hospital admissions among children, and leads to approximately 180,000 deaths each year.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) kills around 1.4 million people with about 8.7 million new cases annually.
  • Respiratory infections account for over 4 million deaths annually, including 1.3 million  children under 5, and are the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world, accounting for 13% of the total reported cancers and affecting over 1.6 million people annually.


Clinical Guidelines, Recommendations, and Health Care Strategies of FIRS Member Organizations.



FIRS members main conferences in 2017.

19-24 May 2017 Washington DC, USA ATS
9-13 Sep 2017 Milan, Italy ERS
11-14 Oct 2017 Guadalajara, Mexico The Union
28 Oct-1 Nov 2017 Toronto, Canada CHEST
23-26 Nov 2017 Sydney, Australia APSR
27-30 Jun 2018 Mexico City, Mexico ALAT

World days related to lung health


24 Mar 2017 World Tuberculosis Day
3 May 2017 World Asthma Day
31 May 2017 World No Tobacco Day
1 Aug 2017 World Lung Cancer Day
12 Nov 2017 World Pneumonia Day
16 Nov 2017 World COPD Day
1 Dec 2017 World AIDS Day

World Lung Cancer Day is a day to celebrate, commemorate and support those who have been impacted by lung cancer. In recognition of World Lung Cancer Day on August 1 members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) will launch a global campaign to raise awareness about lung cancer and create an educational movement of understanding lung cancer risks, as well as early detection and treatment across the world.

According to the World Health Organization, lung cancer is the most common cancer worldwide, accounting for 1.8 million new cases in 2012, and is responsible for nearly one in five deaths. Lung cancer claims more lives yearly than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.

Get in touch!


Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated with what's new with the Forum of International Respiratory Societies.

Invalid email address.

Invalid Input


Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Avenue Ste-Luce 4 |1003 Lausanne (Switzerland)
+ 41 21 213 01 01 |



Contact us

Full Name(*)
Please type your full name.

Invalid email address.

Invalid Input

Enter the above code(*)
Enter the above code
  RefreshInvalid Input