Non-communicable diseases


  • Increase awareness of the burden of non-communicable respiratory diseases in Europe.
  • Ensure access to essential medicines and encourage EU member states to add medications to essential medicines lists.
  • Increase understanding of risk factors for developing or worsening of chronic respiratory diseases.
  • Promote cost-effective methods for prevention, early detection and treatment to inform EU policy decisions.


  • Campaigning as part of awareness events to raise the profile of lung diseases.
  • Arranging stakeholder meetings with policymakers and civil society organisations to build coalitions focused on prevention, research, public health and chronic respiratory diseases.
  • In collaborations with ERS specialists, offering recommendations for the development and implementation of screening programmes.
What are the most common chronic respiratory diseases in Europe?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
Interstitial lung disease
Post-tuberculous lung disease
Pulmonary circulatory disease: pulmonary embolism, pulmonary hypertension
and cor pulmonale
Pulmonary eosinophilia
Sleep apnoea syndrome