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 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). Since the launch of FIRS, the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) have also joined, for a total of 9 member organizations.

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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

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).

  • World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2018.

    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, May 31, 2018 – Tobacco is the leading underlying single cause of death worldwide. In 2016, tobacco use caused over 7.1 million deaths mostly related to lung and heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Every year, on 31 May, persons and organizations mark World No Tobacco Day, by highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.


  • Statement from FIRS (Forum of International Respiratory Societies) for World TB Day – 24 March 2018

    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2018

    On World TB Day, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls on the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to commit to the urgent changes needed to end tuberculosis (TB), in their first High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB.


  • The Communications Officer carries out all FIRS communications activity and works closely with the executive director, administrative assistant, webmaster, communications teams from each member organization, and communications persons from partnering organizations. Related responsibilities include promoting FIRS as an organization as well as its major policy initiatives (such as World Lung Day), coordinating communications, and its member organizations’ activities. The position is full time.




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FIRS Member Conferences

7-9 March 2018 Cape Town, South Africa Union
12-15 April 2018 Durban, South Africa PATS
19-23 May 2018 San Diego, USA ATS
27-30 June 2018 Mexico City, Mexico ALAT
15-19 Sep 2018 Paris, France ERS
6-10 Oct 2018 San Antonio, USA CHEST
24-27 Oct 2018 The Hague, Netherlands Union
29 Nov-2 Dec 2018 Taipei, Taiwan ASPR

World days related to lung health

24 Mar 2018 World Tuberculosis Day
1 May 2018 World Asthma Day
31 May 2018 World No Tobacco Day
1 Aug 2018 World Lung Cancer Day
25 Sep 2018 World Lung Day
2 Nov 2018 World Pneumonia Day
7 Nov 2018 World COPD Day
1 Dec 2018 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.

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