The inaugural Asia Pacific Lung Health Summit 2016, organised by Rainbow Across Borders was held in Singapore with 45 attendees from 11 countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. The summit culminated with the attendees committing to be part of the Asia Pacific Lung Health Network (APLHN) to work on and share advocacy efforts for Lung Health.
This year’s 2nd Asia Pacific Lung Health Summit 2017 will be held on 21-22 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in partnership with Asthma Malaysia. This multi-stakeholder roundtable summit will be attended by more than 30 representatives from 19 patient support organisations across 10 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan.
The participants at the summit will include physicians, allied healthcare professionals, nurse educators, patient support group leaders, researchers, academics, patients and caregivers as well as pharmaceutical representatives, who bring with them a wealth of diverse experience and knowledge about issues related to the care and management, awareness and advocacy, psychosocial and educational support for patients with lung conditions such as Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).
During the 2-day summit, participants will be asked to work collectively, with a particular focus on the following topics:
The aim of this summit is to create an opportunity for Patient Leaders to engage and to learn from each other. It is hoped that with a overview and understanding of the challenges, practices and advancements in the various contexts, we can band together, collaborate and create a way forward that is more holistic and which better serves the interests of Lung Health patients and their families.
This summit is also organised to ensure that the voices of patients are adequately heard, and that community support can be enhanced. Through this event, RAB will create alliances across the borders to identify issues of shared concern.
The objective of the event is to take stock on Lung Health issues, plans and work towards a collective approach for the future of Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.