The World Spirometry Day campaign for this year is now over. Thank you to everyone who organised an event, who gave their time to support an event, and to everyone who went along to an event to have their lungs tested. During the 2012 campaign more than 760 events have been held in 70 countries worldwide.
This highly successful world health awareness strategy built on the first WSD campaign held in 2010 with more events and more tests being performed in 2012 than before.
A copy of the full WSD 2012 report will be available on the WSD website soon.
The testing events have raised awareness of lung health worldwide and have helped some people to identify abnormalities and seek further support. Over 70 training events, mostly in Africa, were also held this year. These have been hugely important events, educating professionals about lung health and spirometry tests, enabling them to further support their patients.
We marked the end of the campaign at the ERS Congress in Vienna with the 5km Lung Run in the historic Prater Park. The annual ELF Award was presented to the Lung Champions at the Congress opening ceremony, celebrating their determination to overcome lung conditions and take part in exercise. The award was accepted on behalf of all the Lung Champions by Olaf Tufte, the Norwegian Olympic double-Gold winning rower, and Alex Supple who, at age 11, loves playing rugby for his local team despite having severe asthma and allergies.
We have received hundreds of wonderful photographs from all these events. Please go and have a look at the contributions on the WSD Flickr site and don’t forget to add any more that aren’t already on the site.