Lend your voice to SPEAK UP FOR COPD

COPD is the hidden epidemic. But it has gone underdiagnosed, underfunded, and undertreated. Let's get the word out!

Stop the stigma around COPD, everyone deserves good care

COPD has an enormous impact on the lives of millions of people. I want to speak up for those with COPD and their loved ones, in order to spread more...

I cannot imagine what it must feel like to go through something so painful and life-threatening with no assurance that someone has your back, we in the name...

I recently became aware of this disease. It’s heartbreaking. Let’s lend our voices to make this campaign a success

There should be extensive technology based campaigning to ensure the COPD disease effects are communicated and treated.

Copd and Pollution/Climate change are related issues. Work on one will help the other

I have the diagnosis too!

COPD People should be taken care with the same treatment that other people get

I have pledged my support to speak up for COPD to get people with COPD the care they deserve

The third largest killer in the world is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is time to act now and remove COPD as a leading cause of death.

People who are experiencing COPD should be given attention, and care! Do not let them die. We should care for them. It doesn't matter the gender, the...

Anyone can get COPD at any age. It's doesn't only affect older people and smokers. COPD is being breathless 24/7. It's hard and you will need...

We need to begin with knowledge and public awareness of COPD and the need to seek medical attention.

We shouldn’t forget what happens with COPD patients!

Preventing the development or worsening of chronic diseases besides saving lives actually saves money for tax payers so I don’t see why ...

I fully support this excellent campaign

COPD is such an overlooked disease, the one which nobody looks at, and yet it devastates the lives of those afflicted. We must help the unfortunate victims ...

COPD is a small disease when we're fight together as one let stand and fight for a better tomorrow

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My mom has COPD. I wish I knew much more about the disease and how to help her.

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As a Medical Clinical Officer, I know how painful it can be for people suffering from COPD. I do advocate for increased support for COPD patients. Thanks.

The world has never been more aware of lung health. Now must be the moment to make COPD a public health priority.

We all need to speak up for COPD

It was the patients I met over my career that changed my life because understanding the impact..

Ruth Tal-Singer, COPD Foundation

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My grandfather, who I adored, had COPD and watching him go through it made a huge difference to me.

Debbie Roots - Cardiorespiratory Nurse Consultant

As a COPD specialist and scientist, I want to speak up for my patients, who experience a tremendous daily..

Prof. dr. Frits Franssen

I have spent 20 years taking care of patients with lung conditions and what has struck me is how little...

MeiLan Han, Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

I have been working as a clinical and academic pulmonologist for almost 40 years and am still...

Prof. Fernando Martinez, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

I have been an advocate after losing one of my friends to COPD. I chose to speak up for those with the...

Henry Roberts, COPD Canada

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COPD needs to be a public health priority. It is the third leading cause of death, but no one talks about it.

Tonya Winders, Global Allergies & Airways Patient Platform

I pledge my support to raise awareness of COPD to policymakers and influencers

I speak up for COPD to make sure it gets prioritised by policymakers. Making COPD a priority is...

John Hurst, Professor of Respiratory Medicine

It is absolutely critical that we prioritise COPD.

COPD is the third leading cause of death and is one of the major causes of disability. Up to 10% of...

Marc Miravitlles, Respiratory Medicine Specialist

COPD patients are underdiagnosed, suboptimally managed and at risk of exacerbations, hospital admissions and premature death from cardio-pulmonary causes. My pledge is to...

My uncle died of COPD in the summer, he suffered for years and it was horrible to see him struggling. I am Speaking Up for him

We as COPD patients deserve better. We deserve better treatment and easier access to healthcare and check ups. We deserve to be seen and heard.

People living with COPD deserve to be heard - I'm raising my voice to help make COPD a priority!

Knowing what I know about COPD and the real burden it has on patients, it's surprising that more people don't know about it and its...

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Now more than ever, we all need to speak up for COPD and do what we can to support better outcomes for those suffering from COPD. I speak up for...

COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide - it should be a public health priority. I pledge my support for Speak Up for COPD.

Members of my family suffer from COPD but no one ever seems to think of it as anything that's important in the grand scheme of...

People need to speak up about this to help improve the quality of life for those who have copd.

I pledge to raise the voices of Patients with COPD every day with relentless focus on empowerment through learning and development.

Highly supporting your work

I pledge my support for the millions living with COPD and loving people with COPD. We must prioritize and destigmatize this disease to drive...

I pledge to learn more about COPD and educate myself and family about how frequent it really is

This awareness means a lot to me as I have lost my grandma years ago and my father earlier this year to this disease. I hope this campaign drives...

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I cannot imagine what it must feel like to go through something so painful and life-threatening with no assurance that someone has your back, we in the name...

I cannot imagine what it must feel like to go through something so painful and life-threatening with no assurance that someone has your back, we in the name...

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Trying to live in a constant state of breathlessness is unacceptable. Most people don't realize how much COPD can take from a person and the people around them. And we...

People are not made aware of COPD and more needs to be done and access to healthcare and be prioritised doctors need to be more aware of this condition...

I am committed to ensure people living with COPD get the care and treatments they deserve. Every breath matters!

I will work to ensure that the general public is more aware of COPD as a condition and that patients get the help and support they need.

COPD is a devastating and under-prioritized disease that deserves and needs much more attention across the spectrum. The time is now -- patients are waiting!

How many more lives need to be lost before COPD gets the funding and out of control. Speak now as this will only get worse in time ...

I speak up for all those affected, to never stop pushing to improve support and access to care!

I Speak Up for COPD!!! ALL COPD patients should be afforded access to the interventions that have been...

Mohit Bhutani MD, FRCPC, FCCP

The third largest killer in the world is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is time to act now and remove COPD as a leading cause of death.

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I speak up for COPD!

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The UK National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme run from the Royal College of Physicians speaks up for COPD. NACAP aims to improve...

I’m speaking up for COPD - we need far greater prioritisation of this disease

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Speak up for COPD!

The multi-disciplinary COPD teams at the Royal Free Hospital and the Camden Community Services speak up for COPD. We are passionate...

I support that with my voice!

I speak up for my dad who has had 2 exacerbation requiring hospitalization.

Patients with COPD need the attention they deserve. We must make COPD a priority and I pledge to do my job to help this cause for...

I fully support this excellent campaign

I speak up for COPD today because I watched my aunt suffer from COPD for years before she was finally diagnosed. Even following a...

It is devastating to think that a condition which affects so many people gets so little attention. I really hope that this campaign shows the...

I had no idea how prevelant COPD was, I actually didn't know about it at all. More should be done to bring this to the public's attention...

COPD death is equally important as any death in the World! We shouldn't ignore it.

COPD is absolutely a public health priority for everyone.

I urge all people to consult their physician about the risk factors of COPD which helps in early diagnosis and management.

All stakeholders, WHO, Federal ministry of health, etc should as a matter of urgency, place priority on COPD in view of the the fact...

We must support COPD Patients with the best available treatments and innovative research to improve their health and reduce their future risk.

I am 31 year old and suffering from COPD severely. I have been suffering from this disease since 2014. We need to make people aware of this disease and make...

I’m speaking up for COPD - we need early diagnose of this disease. I'm suffering from childhood and now I'm 39+. It is difficult to lead normal life.

US and Canada are again much more ahead with COPD / emphysema care, concern, and support, while Europe is nowhere in that matter.

People need to be made aware how debilitating this disease can be. The cost for inhalers are astronomical. We can no longer afford the...

I want to educate and learn and become an ambassador in Africa for COPD patients and how it touched my family.

I recently lost my Dad. I saw how he struggled with COPD for over a decade.

I urge all people to consult their physician about the risk factors of COPD which helps in early diagnosis and management.

All stakeholders, WHO, Federal ministry of health, etc should as a matter of urgency, place priority on COPD in view of the the fact...

We must support COPD Patients with the best available treatments and innovative research to improve their health and reduce their future risk.

I am 31 year old and suffering from COPD severely. I have been suffering from this disease since 2014. We need to make people aware of this disease and make...

I’m speaking up for COPD - we need early diagnose of this disease. I'm suffering from childhood and now I'm 39+. It is difficult to lead normal life.

US and Canada are again much more ahead with COPD / emphysema care, concern, and support, while Europe is nowhere in that matter.

People need to be made aware how debilitating this disease can be. The cost for inhalers are astronomical. We can no longer afford the...

I want to educate and learn and become an ambassador in Africa for COPD patients and how it touched my family.

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COPD is the hidden epidemic. But it has gone underdiagnosed, underfunded, and undertreated. Let's get the word out!

Stop the stigma around COPD, everyone deserves good care.

COPD has an enormous impact on the lives of millions of people. I want to speak up for those with COPD and their loved ones, in order to spread more awareness about this pervasive but overlooked condition.

I cannot imagine what it must feel like to go through something so painful and life-threatening with no assurance that someone has your back, we in the name of humanity and global medical care must raise our voices for the patients of COPD

I recently became aware of this disease. It’s heartbreaking. Let’s lend our voices to make this campaign a success

There should be extensive technology based campaigning to ensure the COPD disease effects are communicated and treated.

Copd and Pollution/Climate change are related issues. Work on one will help the other.

I have the diagnosis too!

COPD People should be taken care with the same treatment that other people get.

I have pledged my support to speak up for COPD to get people with COPD the care they deserve

The third largest killer in the world is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is time to act now and remove COPD as a leading cause of death.

People who are experiencing COPD should be given attention, and care! Do not let them die. We should care for them. It doesn't matter the gender, the age, and their personality. Help them now!

Anyone can get COPD at any age. It's doesn't only affect older people and smokers. COPD is being breathless 24/7. It's hard and you will need support. Speak up. Stay healthy. Take care.

We need to begin with knowledge and public awareness of COPD and the need to seek medical attention.

We shouldn’t forget what happens with COPD patients!

Preventing the development or worsening of chronic diseases besides saving lives actually saves money for tax payers so I don’t see why government don’t have national plans! 10% of the world affected!

I fully support this excellent campaign.

COPD is such an overlooked disease, the one which nobody looks at, and yet it devastates the lives of those afflicted. We must help the unfortunate victims of this terrible disease and provide adequate healthcare services. There are things that can be done to help people recover, and they must be done. I speak up for COPD!

As a Medical Clinical Officer, I know how painful it can be for people suffering from COPD. I do advocate for increased support for COPD patients. Thanks.

The world has never been more aware of lung health. Now must be the moment to make COPD a public health priority.

We all need to speak up for COPD

My grandfather, who I adored, had COPD and watching him go through it made a huge difference to me. Patients should get the support they need to manage their COPD without needing a trip to A&E or a stay in hospital!

Debbie Roots - Cardiorespiratory Nurse Consultant

As a COPD specialist and scientist, I want to speak up for my patients, who experience a tremendous daily burden of disease although most of them do not look very ill from the outside. We must support them with the best available treatments and innovative research to improve their health and reduce their future risk.

Prof. Dr. Frits Franssen

I have spent 20 years taking care of patients with lung conditions and what has struck me is how little attention COPD receives, especially compared to other conditions. Chronic respiratory diseases are poorly recognised and poorly understood. It’s time we changed that by speaking up for those with COPD.

MeiLan Han, Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

I have been working as a clinical and academic pulmonologist for almost 40 years and am still frustrated by the limited funding COPD care and research receives. This lack of resources contributes to inequalities around the world for pulmonary services and access for our patients. By speaking up about these inequalities in care availability and delivery we can change how COPD is prioritized within health agendas worldwide and improve access for the global COPD community.

Prof. Fernando Martinez, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine

COPD needs to be a public health priority. It is the third leading cause of death, but no one talks about it. We know that when Governments prioritise action on health issues, positive change follows. This is so needed for patients with COPD and we need to speak up for those patients to see that change happen.

Tonya Winders, Global Allergies & Airways Patient Platform

I pledge my support to raise awareness of COPD to policymakers and influencers

I speak up for COPD to make sure it gets prioritised by policymakers. Making COPD a priority is necessary to drive changes in the standard of care patients receive. Especially in the time of COVID, policymakers should be considering strategies which minimise the use of emergency care by improving access to evidence-based treatments.

John Hurst, Professor of Respiratory Medicine

It is absolutely critical that we prioritise COPD.

COPD is the third leading cause of death and is one of the major causes of disability. Up to 10% of adults suffer from COPD and early diagnosis is still a challenge. Speak up for COPD.

Marc Miravitlles, Respiratory Medicine Specialist

COPD patients are underdiagnosed, suboptimally managed and at risk of exacerbations, hospital admissions and premature death from cardio-pulmonary causes. My pledge is to collaborate closely with our internal partners at Astrazeneca & key external stakeholders and join efforts in order to implement initiatives at every single step of the patient journey, that will help tackle the clinical & economic burden of COPD with an ambition to reduce health inequalities & improve outcomes.

My uncle died of COPD in the summer, he suffered for years and it was horrible to see him struggling. I am Speaking Up for him

We as COPD patients deserve better. We deserve better treatment and easier access to healthcare and check ups. We deserve to be seen and heard.

People living with COPD deserve to be heard - I'm raising my voice to help make COPD a priority!

Now more than ever, we all need to speak up for COPD and do what we can to support better outcomes for those suffering from COPD. I speak up for COPD and the family, friends, coworkers, and the many others suffering from this terrible illness.

COPD is the third leading cause of death worldwide - it should be a public health priority. I pledge my support for Speak Up for COPD

Members of my family suffer from COPD but no one ever seems to think of it as anything that's important in the grand scheme of things. We need to raise awareness as this is such an impactful, terrible condition.

People need to speak up about this to help improve the quality of life for those who have copd.

Highly supporting your work

I pledge my support for the millions living with COPD and loving people with COPD. We must prioritize and destigmatize this disease to drive earlier access to management and treatment and reduce COPD as a leading cause of death.

I pledge to learn more about COPD and educate myself and family about how frequent it really is

I am speaking up for COPD on behalf of my Dad who bravely fought the disease for many years. He often felt that he didn't have a voice, or in fact that he didn't deserve to be heard, even when I could speak for him. We need to do more to reach out and really listen to people with COPD, diagnosing and treating them earlier so they have the best chance of living their best lives for as long as they can. RIP Dad - I miss you loads....

Trying to live in a constant state of breathlessness is unacceptable. Most people don't realize how much COPD can take from a person and the people around them. And we can do a lot more about it! We ALL have at least one person around us that suffers from COPD - if we all help, we really can make a difference.

People are not made aware of COPD and more needs to be done and access to healthcare and be prioritised doctors need to be more aware of this condition and more specialists in every country and more research. Do the numbers have to be out of control even more then they are now before more is done we have an opportunity now to raise awareness let’s get this done. Every voice matters and every life.

I am committed to ensure people living with COPD get the care and treatments they deserve. Every breath matters!

I will work to ensure that the general public is more aware of COPD as a condition and that patients get the help and support they need.

COPD is a devastating and under-prioritized disease that deserves and needs much more attention across the spectrum. The time is now -- patients are waiting!

How many more lives need to be lost before COPD gets the funding and out of control. Speak now as this will only get worse in time people are currently suffering and with funding for the research how is this going to improve going forward. People are seeking now we need to listen and take action.

I speak up for all those affected, to never stop pushing to improve support and access to care!

I Speak Up for COPD!!! ALL COPD patients should be afforded access to the interventions that have been shown to improve quality of life, reduce flares and improve survival. These are available and easily implementable. The time has come for policy makers around the world to invest in the care of these patients!!

Mohit Bhutani MD, FRCPC, FCCP

The UK National Asthma and COPD Audit Programme run from the Royal College of Physicians speaks up for COPD. NACAP aims to improve the quality of care, services and clinical outcomes. We do this by supporting and training clinicians, empowering people living with COPD, and their carers, and informing policy.

Speak up for COPD!

The multi-disciplinary COPD teams at the Royal Free Hospital and the Camden Community Services speak up for COPD. We are passionate about helping those affected by COPD to live their best life.

I support that with my voice!

I speak up for my dad who has had 2 exacerbation requiring hospitalization.

Patients with COPD need the attention they deserve. We must make COPD a priority and I pledge to do my job to help this cause for patients who deserve better outcomes!

I fully support this excellent campaign

I speak up for COPD today because I watched my aunt suffer from COPD for years before she was finally diagnosed. Even following a diagnosis, her COPD journey felt relatively unknown or unclear - regardless of when she was at home with family or following an admission to hospital. She died about 5 years ago now, and I know she'd want others to have a better experience of living with this disease.

It is devastating to think that a condition which affects so many people gets so little attention. I really hope that this campaign shows the realities of living with COPD to those people with the power to change how the condition is prioritised and treated.

I had no idea how prevelant COPD was, I actually didn't know about it at all. More should be done to bring this to the public's attention, especially in light of the COVID pandemic

COPD death is equally important as any death in the World! We shouldn't ignore it.

COPD is absolutely a public health priority for everyone.

I urge all people to consult their physician about the risk factors of COPD which helps in early diagnosis and management.

All stakeholders, WHO, Federal ministry of health, etc should as a matter of urgency, place priority on COPD in view of the the fact that the number of the patients that are suffering from it is alarming. It becomes imperative for the medical practitioners to conduct research, so that the drugs that can be used to treat/ cure the disease will be developed.

We must support COPD Patients with the best available treatments and innovative research to improve their health and reduce their future risk.

I am 31 year old and suffering from COPD severely. I have been suffering from this disease since 2014. We need to make people aware of this disease and make governments spread awareness.

I’m speaking up for COPD - we need early diagnose of this disease. I'm suffering from childhood and now I'm 39+. It is difficult to lead normal life.

US and Canada are again much more ahead with COPD/emphysema care, concern and support, while Europe is no where in that matter.

People need to be made aware how debilitating this disease can be. The cost for inhalers are astronomical. We can no longer afford the prescription. There was a cap established for asthma inhalers, COPD should have been included.

I want to educate and learn and become an ambassador in Africa for COPD patients and how it touched my family.

I recently lost my Dad. I saw how he struggled with COPD for over a decade.

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