Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease


Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) was founded in 1997 to raise awareness for Chronic Pulmonary Disease (COPD). GOLD aims to improve prevention and treatment of COPD by working with health care professionals and public health officials around the world.

GOLD’s Board of Directors is made up of leading COPD experts, and also retains an internal Science Committee to evaluate new scientific developments regarding COPD care. Using this knowledge and expertise, GOLD creates evidence-based strategy documents to help health care providers and patients manage COPD. The organization produces an annual report that provides nurses, doctors, and physicians with the latest strategy for COPD diagnosis, management, and prevention.

GOLD also creates a patient-facing COPD resource guide that helps individuals assess if they have COPD, how to alleviate the symptoms, and lifestyle habits that can help individuals manage the condition. GOLD also works to foster support within the COPD community by organizing World COPD Day. Since 2002, GOLD has worked with health care professionals, patient support groups, and members of the public to organize the day’s activities, resources, and education events. More than 50 countries participate annually with the hope to reduce the burden of living with COPD.


  • Location: Worldwide
  • Primary Emphasis: Through the development of evidence-based guidelines for COPD management, and events such as the annual celebration of World COPD Day, GOLD is working to improve the lives of people with COPD in every corner of the globe.
  • Link to website: Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease

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