Lung Health in the Global Spotlight

OCTOBER 28, 2015 12:10 AM| no comments

Respiratory diseases including lung infections like pneumonia and tuberculosis (TB) are some of the leading global causes of death. In particular, Tuberculosis was the in the top leading causes of mortality around the world in 2008, causing 1.3 million deaths worldwide.

Today, as part of Respiratory Care Week, Lung Health Day promotes and encourages initiatives in the community that support lung health.  Many things can impact are lungs, including smoking, pollution, the amount we exercise and nutrition.

This year we formed a new partnership with International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), to film at two of their most international conferences; the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) and 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

The Union’s mission is to share knowledge to the public and healthcare professional on health related issues to the lung, coordinate and promote the work of its members and close international links with World Health Organization, United Nations and other global health organizations.

Using video to as a platform to communicate the global progress and current challenges in addressing lung health, WebsEdge/Health first traveled to Abu Dhabi, to film at The Union’s World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Margaret Chan, spoke at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) about the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the inclusion of Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) like Chronic Lung Disease.

Watch Dr Margaret Chan below on Tobacco OR Health TV, discuss tobacco regulation and what the new Sustainable Development Goals mean for global health.

Continuing our partnership with the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) WebsEdge/Health will be traveling to South Africa for the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health taking place 2-6th December as part of Union TV.

With the conference theme A New Agenda: Lung Health Beyond 2015, Union TV will capture interviews, emerging topics and global initiatives in Tuberculosis (TB) and other lung health issues.

What’s striking about TB is that is a curable disease and yet 1.5 million people die from it every year.  The international Stop TB initiative is a global partnership of over 300 organizations that aims to eliminate TB. A Global Plan to Stop TB was introduced in 2001 to addresses key global concerns drug resistance and a control strategy for TB.  Updated every five years to tackle the emerging TB challenges, the third phase of the global plan is coming to end with the fourth plan to take effect in 2016.

As the Union World Conference on Lung Health takes place in South Africa a new phase of tackling global development issues will begin too. The WHO’s Millennium development goals will come to an end this year and the sustainable development goals will take effect in 2016. The conference is well timed with global health leaders descending on the Lung Health conference to address key global health challenges and in particular TB.

Tune into our WebsEdge/Health Channel in December to watch our footage on Union TV and key an eye in our update in the December issue of the Global Health TV newsletter.

WebsEdge/Healthour online channel for Health related organizations, including Tobacco or Health TV and Union TV connects issues and audiences through the power of television. To find out more, follow us on twitter: @WebsEdge_Health or subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

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