Saturday, October 20, 2012

Respiratory Decade is launching COPD Electronic Marathon 2012

We got many requests from you to continue our  COPD Electronic Marathon, which was launched and hosted by Respiratory Decade in 2010!
Today we are happy to announce the start of new initiative for 2012: COPD Electronic Marathon!
The aim of COPD Electronic Marathon is to let the general public find more useful information about COPD via social media. The Marathon will last one month, till the 14th of November 2012, which is the World COPD Day.

We will post educational materials, videos, scientific articles, patient stories: all about COPD - both for patients and doctors.
We encourage all of you to take part and to be active, you can post on our page or share our posts. Every post connected with the theme is welcomed and precious for us.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Breaking news: Tobacco industry attacks

Today, we want to support our Respiratory friends and colleagues from 3 key well-known anti-tobacco organizations from Brussels! This night offices of European Respiratory Society (ERS), Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) and European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) were broken into and confidential data relating to the revision of the EU Tobacco Products Directive and other issues were stolen.
All organisations have offices in the same building on 49-51 Rue des Treves, Brussels (on the 2nd and 5th floors). When Police arrived, it was soon apparent that only 3 offices (from a building with over 20) had been broken into - with SFP, ERS and EPHA being the only organisations ransacked and with multiple items missing. 

We are supporting all anti-tobacco initiatives! We want to say to all  our friends that we need to continue this struggle with tobacco and tobacco industry! These cruel actions confirm that it is business, but this business becomes illegal not only by their dirty methods of promotion in low income countries, but also by their struggle with anti-smoking organizations and leading European policy makers!

We want to call everybody to continue this fight with Smoking Industry because at the moment its represents real risk for the health of mankind and for the life of the next generations!
Be strong! Smoke Free Society is a very real!    

Saturday, October 13, 2012

The 2012 European Lung Foundation Award

The 2012 European Lung Foundation Award was presented to the 30 Lung Champions of the World Spirometry Day campaign, but the winner was famous Norwegian Olympic rowing champion, Olaf Tufte.
Chair of the European Lung Foundation, Monica Fletcher, said: “Olaf is a true champion and does not let his asthma limit or impact on his dedication to his goals. As the face of the World Spirometry Day campaign, we wanted to recognise Olaf’s hard work at achieving his ambitions and inspiring the next generation of athletes. Exercise is such an important part of managing asthma and we hope others with the condition will be motivated by Olaf’s attitude to reaching the peak of his sport.”
Olaf accepted the award at the European Respiratory Society's Annual Congress in Vienna, on behalf of the 30 Lung Champions. He was also joined by 11-year old Alex Supple; a dedicated rugby player and Lung Champion from the UK, who also lives with asthma.

Tufte European Lung Foundation Award from Donald O. Costello on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Photo exhibition at Hannover: STOP TB! Tuberculosis - A Global Threat

"STOP TB! Tuberculosis - A Global Threat. "Under this title, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover cooperates with the Stop TB Partnership for the first time. A large selection of photos of the "Images to Stop Tuberculosis Photo Award 'in Europe following the successfully conducted, great photojournalism project (the Stop TB Partnership in Rio de Janeiro) will be shown by the work of five internationally renowned photographer Jean Chung, Sailendra Kharel, Riccardo Venturi, David Roch Child and David Orr. The photojournalists have documented the situation of TB patients worldwide.

Picture by Jean Chung

Showing more than 50 photographic works and four photo stories as a multimedia presentation, the large-size exhibits impressively show the suffering and the hope of the people who are affected by tuberculosis. In the exhibition, unique shots from different countries are shown, which are most affected by the disease, such as India, Nepal, Sudan and Brazil. The representation of a Sudanese boy who is cared for by his parents lovingly or moribund patients in an Indian hospital left a profound and lasting impressions. Other photographs show patients treated successfully and provide unique examples of the perseverance of the individual and the hope for a cure, despite serious illness.

Picture by Jean Chung