GARD Symposium for Eastern European countries

23 - 24 March 2007

Control of chronic respiratory diseases in Poland

Chairpersons: Marek Kowalski, Paweł Sliwinski

After presenting the current epidemiological situation in European countries and Poland as well as the smoking prevalence and disease burden caused by tobacco smoking, Dorota Górecka, Vice-President of the Polish Respiratory Society, showed tobacco surveillance and control strategies applied in Poland, such as the Global Tobacco Surveillance System, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control initiated by WHO as well as the recommendations on the treatment of tobacco dependence by the WHO regional office for Europe.

Paweł Śliwiński, National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, illustrated the control of COPD in Poland presenting the national program of early detection and prevention of COPD, the prevention of COPD programme launched by the National Health Fund, the role of the accreditation committee established by the Board of the Polish Society of Phtisiopenumonology, and the activities of the Association of COPD patients.

Joanna Chorostowska-Wynimko, National Institute of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, presented the work of Malgorzata Czajkowska-Malinowska, Breath of Hope Foundation in Bydgoszcz, on initiatives for smoking and COPD control. Projects for smoking prevention in pre-school, primary and secondary school-children and anti-smoke projects for schools and regional hospitals were initiated in Bydgoszcz. Initiatives on COPD such as workshops for physicians, local patient groups, free consultation and psychological advice for patients were also started together with a media campaign in Bydgoszcz.

Marek Kowalski, President Polish Society of Allergology, described allergy and asthma control in Poland, and he informed that allergy is now included in the 7 Framework Programme.