Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), SSP is united with other WLD partner organisations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call on policymakers to ensure that everyone has access to the services they need to improve their lung health.
Respiratory diseases impose an immense worldwide health burden. The facts are shocking:
384 million people suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and 3 million die from it each year, making it the third leading cause of death worldwide.
10 million people develop tuberculosis and 1.6 million die from it each year, making it the most common lethal infectious disease.
76 million people die from lung cancer each year, making it the deadliest cancer.
334 million people suffer from asthma, making it the most common chronic disease of childhood. It affects 14 percent of children globally − and is rising.
Pneumonia kills millions of people each year making it a leading cause of death in the very young and very old.
91 percent of the world’s population live in places where poor air quality exceeds WHO guidelines.