Speak Up for COPD

The SPEAK UP FOR COPD campaign is intended to raise awareness and understanding of COPD amongst policymakers and healthcare decision-makers by amplifying the voices of patients, the COPD community, and the public. Our one critical goal is to establish COPD as a public health priority.

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the third largest cause of death globally1, but it is often under-prioritised, underfunded, and undertreated.2

‘COPD’ refers to a group of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems.3 The global cost of COPD is estimated to rise to US $4.8 trillion in 2030,4, but it does not receive the political attention or funding proportionate to its population and societal burden.5

The world can no longer afford to overlook COPD. We need greater recognition of the impact of COPD on individuals and society to ensure people living with this disease receive the care they need and deserve. We need your support to SPEAK UP FOR COPD.

Why Speak Up for COPD?

Communication grant for GAAPP Member Organizations

GAAPP has launched its communication grant for World COPD Day 2023.

We have prepared a social media toolkit with 2 different options to help us promote this campaign of our member organizations. A 200€ grant is offered to help us promote these resources from 15 November to 15 December.

The assets for the social media campaign are available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish.

If you require the assets translated into another language, please do not hesitate to contact us at vgascon@gaapp.org, and we will gladly arrange that for you.

To apply for the grant and obtain the social media assets, please click on the button below:

Speak Up for COPD is supported by a coalition of partners* across the industry and the non-profit sector. All partners contribute time and expertise to the coalition activities.

The information on this website is provided by the Speak Up for COPD campaign partners for awareness purposes only. It should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. If you have any questions about your medical condition, talk to a healthcare professional.

*Coalition partners: Global Allergy & Airways Patient Platform (GAAPP), International Federation of Ageing (IFA), COPD Foundation, International Coalition of Respiratory Nurses (ICRN), International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), with funding from AstraZeneca, Roche, Sanofi and Regeneron.


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  2. Quaderi, S. A., & Hurst, J. R. (2018). The unmet global burden of COPD. Global health, epidemiology and genomics, 3, e4.
  3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), CDC. [Online]. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/copd/index.html. [Last accessed: July 2022].
  4. Bloom, D.E., Cafiero, E.T., Jané-Llopis, E., Abrahams-Gessel, S., Bloom, L.R., Fathima, S., Feigl, A.B., Gaziano, T., Mowafi, M., Pandya, A., Prettner, K., Rosenberg, L., Seligman, B., Stein, A.Z., & Weinstein, C. (2011). The Global Economic Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases. Geneva: World Economic Forum.
  5. World Economic Forum. A blueprint for change: How changes in chronic airways disease care can support the development of a more sustainable and resilient health system. Available at: https://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Blueprint_for_change_Chronic_airway_disease.pdf [Accessed July 2022]
  6. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of COPD. 2021. [Online]. Available at: https://goldcopd.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/GOLD-REPORT-2021-v1.1-25Nov20_WMV.pdf [Last accessed: July 2022]