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.

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    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, March 24, 2016 -In support of World TB Day, 24 March, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) calls for united efforts to mobilise the financial and human resources to end tuberculosis (TB).


  • The Forum of International Respiratory Societies and Its Global Members Aim to Raise Awareness About Lung Cancer on World Cancer Day

    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, February 1, 2016 – In recognition of World Cancer Day on February 4, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), alongside members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), support the World Cancer Day: 'We Can. I Can.' campaign. The global campaign highlights how everyone, as a collective or as individuals, can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. FIRS is also using the day to highlight the global burden of lung cancer.



    Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) Urges Continued International Efforts to Fight acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on World AIDS Day

    Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, Dec. 1, 2015— World AIDS Day, held annually on the first day of December each year since 1988, is an opportunity for people around the world to join in the fight, show their support for those living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and commemorate the lives of those who have died. The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), an organization comprised of the world’s leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally, supports these efforts through research, patient care and advocacy.


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.



Venues and dates of FIRS member Conferences in 2016.

9-12 Apr 2016 Nairobi, Kenya PATS
13-18 May 2016 San Francisco, USA ATS
6 – 9 Jul 2016 Stantiago, Chile ALAT
3-7 Sep 2016 London, UK ERS
22-26 Oct 2016 Los Angeles, USA CHEST
12-15 Nov 2016 Bangkok, Thailand APSR
25-29 Oct 2016 Liverpool, UK The Union

World days


4 Feb 2016 World Cancer Day
24 Mar 2016 World Tuberculosis Day
3 May 2016 World Asthma Day
31 May 2016 World No Tobacco Day
1 Aug 2016 World Lung Cancer Day
12 Nov 2016 World Pneumonia Day
16 Nov 2016 World COPD Day
1 Dec 2016 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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