Faces of COPD Project
To mark World COPD Day 2017, ECC is collecting pictures of people concerned by/living with COPD to display in the European Parliament. Do take part and send your picturesRead more
To improve health outcomes for people at risk of, or suffering from, chronic respiratory diseases in low-resource settings, where the greatest burden of is experienced, by developing capacity for implementation of evidence-based interventions for prevention, diagnosis and treatment in these contexts.Read more
World COPD Day
Every year, the European COPD Coalition marks World COPD Day (WCD) to raise awareness and address the main issues related to the diseaseRead more
Information about actions on COPD, chronic diseases, ECC work, and general EU health issuesRead more
Our work to raise awareness about COPD and advocate for further EU political actions to address COPDRead more
What is COPD
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is a long-term lung and airways disease that is not curable. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you may suffer from COPD.
COPD is a chronic disease as it is characterised by:
- complex causality
- multiple risk factors
- long latency periods
- a prolonged course of illness
- functional impairment or disability.
COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both bronchitis and emphysema.