The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign continued its "Breathe clean air" theme for 2018/19. It was launched during the ERS Congress 2018 in Paris, marking the start of a year-long campaign to raise awareness of the importance of air quality to lung health.
The event opened in Paris on Friday 14 September 2018 with a press conference involving ELF and ERS leadership and Anne Souyris, the assistant mayor of Paris responsible for health, in a marquee on the parvis of the City Hall. The conference introduced the Healthy Lungs for Life campaign, discussed why clean air is so important to lung health, and gave a quick preview of some of the scientific findings to be presented at the ERS International Congress.
Following the official opening, members of the public were warmly welcomed into the marquee for a free spirometry test and professional advice on protecting their lung health. Between 800–900 citizens and tourists keen to find out more about their lung health came along to the event, which ran all day on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September.
We were also joined by local patient and professional organisations including FFAAIR (Fédération française des associations & amicales de malades, insuffisants ou handicapés respiratoires), Foundation du Souffle and SPLF (Société de Pneumologie de Langue Française) who were on hand to give out information about quitting smoking and living with a variety of lung conditions to the public.
The Healthy Lungs for Life campaign was also featured prominently within the ERS International Congress, spreading its important messages to over 22,000 healthcare professionals from around the globe.
The ELF stand in the World Village was a space for delegates to discuss holding their own Healthy Lungs for Life events, and to pick up toolkits with more information and support. Delegates were also encouraged to pledge to hold an event in their own communities and add their cities to our map – with pins throughout Europe – as well as Africa, Asia and North and South America.
In 2018, the ELF Award went to the Anne Hidalgo, on behalf of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group for the organisation’s dedication to improving air quality in numerous major cities, and for millions of citizens, worldwide. During the ERS Congress in Paris, ELF Chair Isabel Saraiva went to Paris City Hall to present the ELF Award to Anne Hidalgo, the city’s mayor, who also chairs C40.
Watch Anne Hidalgo accept the ELF award at the 2018 award ceremony.