oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - The Year of the Lung : editorial

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1015-8782
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1084



The year 2010 has been designated the "Year of the Lung", led by initiatives from the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS). The public health campaign was officially launched at the 40th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cancun, Mexico on 5 December 2009. The FIRS partners, besides the ATS, include the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), the Asociacion Latinoamericana de Torax (ALAT), the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). The main aims of the campaign are to raise public awareness about the importance of lung health, to initiate action among communities around the world, and to advocate for resources to combat lung diseases, including resources for research and research training. The campaign was convened because of recognition that the lungs have been neglected for too long in public discourse. This lack of awareness is a barrier to progress in diagnosis, treatment and care of patients suffering from lung diseases.

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