World COPD Day 2008

World COPD Day 2008 will take place on November 19 around the theme “Breathless not Helpless!” It is organized by the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and further supported by the International COPD Coalition and WONCA. Featured below is just one of the posters for patients and the public published by GOLD.

What is COPD?

COPD stands for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

  • Chronic means it won’t go away.
  • Obstructive means partly blocked.
  • Pulmonary means in the lungs.
  • Disease means sickness.

COPD is a common lung disease that blocks the airways, making breathing difficult. COPD is usually caused by smoking or exposure to fumes or very dusty places. Symptoms of COPD include coughing, bringing up phlegm or mucus, and getting short of breath.

If you are over 40 and have these symptoms, go see your doctor and ask about COPD! Many people have COPD and don’t know it. Some think their symptoms are just a natural part of the aging process. However, COPD is a life-threatening disease that will get worse if not treated.

A simple breathing test called spirometry can help diagnose COPD. The test is quick, painless, and can often be performed in your doctor’s office.

COPD can be treated! Although there is no cure, doctors can help you feel better and slow damage to your lungs. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the more effective the treatment will be.

COPD can be prevented! If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the best way to prevent COPD or stop its progression. It is never too late to quit smoking!

World COPD Day 2008 in the Philippines will be celebrated through COPD/CARE/Stop Smoking Program.

2008 – COPD/CARE/Stop Smoking Program, UP-Philippine General Hospital


Activities for Patients and the Public
1. November 17, 2008, Parade at UP-PGH compound.
2. November 18, 2008, Lay forum at AVR, UP-PGH
3. November 19, 2008, Poster-making contest for grandchildren of registered COPD patients.
4. November 20, 2008, COPD screening.
5. November 21, 2008, COPD lecture to students in St. Scholastica and St. Isabel.

Media Activities
Efforts are being made to achieve media coverage.

Participating Organizations
Pulmonary Fellows-In-Training of UP-PGH
Staff of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, UP-PGH
Employees from UP-PGH
COPD/CARE patients

Dr. Lenora C. Fernandez
COPD/CARE/Stop Smoking Program
UP-Philippine General Hospital, Taft Ave., Ermita, Manila 2000 Philippines
Telephone: 632-5218450; local 3157
Fax: 632-5218450; local 3157

Source: GOLD

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