Meeting announcement – European COPD Coalition Launch
Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 12:00-14:00 hrs
Mrs Glenis Willmott MEP (S&D, UK)
European Parliament, Brussels, Room A3H1
The lunch event will:
- raise awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and its alarming impact on populations and health systems, with key data, prevalence figures and examples of good practice,
- be a chance to debate the future action needed at EU level to reduce the burden of the disease
- be the official launch of the European COPD Coalition (ECC)
The event will bring together health professionals, patient groups, health promotion organisations, European and national public authorities dealing with health, as well as life science firms.
There will be speakers from the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, ECC representatives and patients suffering from COPD.
The meeting will be an opportunity to hold a wide-ranging debate with the speakers and participants on the challenges of COPD in Europe today.
Up to 10% of the European population suffers from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Europe, most of them do not know they have it and an increasing number die from the disease – yet the condition is generally unknown. COPD is a major chronic, debilitating and costly respiratory disease that, if not addressed properly, will be the 3rd cause of death worldwide by 2030, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, until now, COPD has not gained sufficient attention from European policy makers.
Put the date in your diaries: 21 March 2012! You can register for the event here.
The agenda, background documents and further information about the event will follow shortly.
For further information, please contact Alison Abrahams at a.abrahams (at) epha.org
This event is hosted by Glenis Willmott MEP (S&D, UK) and organised by the European COPD Coalition (ECC) with the support of the European Public Health Alliance.