Exposing an invisible disease to policy makers: ECC is launching a new project named “Faces of COPD” so that the disease does not remain “invisible” to be concluded for 2017 World COPD Day (WCD), on the 15th of November. This will consist of a series of photographs of people living with COPD, pictures to be exhibited on the occasion of WCD, in the European Parliament.
The aim to “put a face to a disease” and raise awareness about a relatively unknown disease, COPD, to make it real and more approachable, to foster better understanding and care. There is a real opportunity to speak up and stand out on the issue of COPD while aligning multiple stakeholders on this occasion around key, political goals.
With this project, ECC wishes to further raise awareness about COPD, gain widespread support for the cause and ultimately, greater uptake of the recommendations shared by ECC in its various advocacy tools (Call to Action, COPD Standards of Care, Air Quality campaign) across the EU and in-country amont patients, health care professionals (HCPs) and policy-makers.
ECC is collecting pictures from June 2017 to end of October 2017. These may be of patients, or of healthcare professionals, care givers, or association staff support people living with COPD. All pictures collected must have the authorization of the person portrayed to be shared publicly.
- in .jpeg or .png formats
- portraits preferably in “portrait” orientation, not “landscape”
- in 12 million pixels resolution (most mobile phones now reach this level of resolution)
- pictures may be in black and white, but preferably in colour
- there may be more than one person on the picture, but the face of the main person featured on the picture should be central focus of the photograph
- “faces of COPD”: patients, healthcare professionals (physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, technicians, etc.) and informal carers (family, friends and associations workers) – can be taken in which ever setting and background – photos you would be proud to share with the outside world
- with the name and surname of the person, even if we don’t use the name, for internal use
- and quotes to put with the photo, if you feel like providing one (optional)
Please contribute, send your photographs and help us raise awareness.
Please send pictures to info [at] copdcoalition.eu together with the consent form, filled in and sign.