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World COPD Day 2023

Published on November 08, 2023

3 minutes

World COPD Day is Wednesday 15th November 2023. This event is organised by the 'Global initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease', GOLD and is a great opportunity to raise awareness and care of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

According to the NHS, 2 million people in the UK are diagnosed with COPD (3% of population), but more than double remain undiagnosed. 

Keeping active is so important for people living with COPD, it can improve breathing and reduce the severity of some symptoms, such as shortness of breath and low energy levels. If you have COPD and are considering increasing your physical activity, please contact your healthcare professional who can help you decide what type of and amount of exercise is safe and appropriate for you. 

This year, at Air Liquide Healthcare we were committed to promoting mobility and what better emphasis than supporting the 02&Cie association, funded by Philipe Poncet, a COPD patient on 24/7 oxygen therapy. The 02&Cie association organises extraordinary sporting events for people who need respiratory assistance.

On September 20th the final phase of the COPD tour 2023 took place, 100km in Switzerland. Philippe Poncet was part of the peloton for the full race, using oxygen therapy throughout.

COPD is a chronic respiratory disease characterised by chronic inflammation of the bronchi and decreased lung capacity, causing difficulty breathing (dyspnoea) especially during exertion. The management of the condition consists of reducing symptoms, slowing the progression of the disease, and helping improve the quality of life and independence of affected individuals.

In its advanced stages, COPD could lead to chronic respiratory failure requiring additional oxygen supply.



During the tour

This achievement can be a wonderful source of inspiration for patients and carers when managing their life day by day. 

“I would like to tell them so many things … But if there is only one message to remember is that COPD must no longer be perceived as an end-of-life. In fact, it is a new life to be redefined. It is first and foremost a life project. This is the main message.” (P. Poncet to COPD patients)


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Images sources: O2&Cie and Air Liquide Healthcare