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COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive lung disease that gets worse over time, making it hard to breathe. Indoor air pollution from wood and charcoal use is responsible for more than 1.6 million annual deaths and 2.7 percent of the global cases of COPD in developing countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


For General Audiences

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), part 1 This module describes COPD, the lungs, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and COPD’s causes (smoking and exposure to irritants), risks, signs and symptoms and diagnoses.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), part 2 This module explains lung function tests, treatments and goals, therapy, rehabilitation and surgery and prevention connected with COPD. The course also presents technical notes for lung specialists so that they can assess and monitor COPD, reduce risk factors, manage stable COPD and exacerbations and understand the use of bronchodilators, steroids and vaccines.