LEADING CHRONIC LUNG ORGANIZATIONS CELEBRATING WORLD NTM AWARENESS DAY
Online events to run through August
(NEW YORK AND MIAMI, August 4, 2023) - On August 4, 2023, leading lung health organizations around the world celebrated World NTM Awareness Day. This day of recognition aims to increase global awareness of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease by bringing together patient advocates, lung health partner organizations, and leading NTM experts to spread awareness and education.
Bronchiectasis and NTM 360, a division of the COPD Foundation, aims at addressing the unmet needs of the bronchiectasis and NTM communities by providing programs to advance awareness, increase education, accelerate research, and improve long-term patient care. World NTM Awareness Day was established by NTM Info and Research (NTMir) to increase access to patient resources, education, and early detection.
Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are difficult-to-remove environmental organisms found in soil, dust, moist places like plumbing, and any type of water source. NTM can affect anyone's lungs, but those with suppressed immune systems or other pulmonary problems are particularly vulnerable. In the United States, the prevalence of NTM is growing at an alarming rate.
In honor of World NTM Awareness Day, several free webinars with lung health experts will be offered that will empower people living with NTM to lead happier, healthier lives. There will be an open question and answer session for attendees after each presentation. Online webinars include:
- Hemoptysis - What You Need to Know - August 8 at 2 p.m. EDT Register Now
- Meal Planning Matters - What to Eat? - August 26 at 3 p.m. EDT Register Now
For more information about World NTM Awareness Day, visit worldntmday.org. To learn more about The COPD Foundation, bronchiectasis, and NTM lung disease, visit www.bronchiectasisandntm360.org.
About the COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to improve the lives of people with COPD, bronchiectasis, and nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease through initiatives that expand services and speed innovations to make treatment more effective and affordable. The Foundation does this through scientific research, education, advocacy, and awareness to prevent disease, slow progression, and find a cure. For more information, visit copdfoundation.org, or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
The COPD Foundation
Contact: Jessica Burke