Fact Sheets

  • Air pollution

    Air pollution refers to the mixture of gaseous and solid substances that contaminate the atmospheric air including: ozone (O3), nitrogen oxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), biological molecules and particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter and particularly the smaller inhalable particles of 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5), are the main…
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  • WORLD HIV DAY

    HIV & AIDS The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a retrovirus originating from the chimpanzee Simian Immunodeficiency Virus ( SIV) that initially passed to humans  who were exposed to infected chimpanzee blood, while hunting them in central Africa, as early as in late 1800’s. Since then, the virus spread across…
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  • World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day

    What is COPD? According to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 2018 report, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common, preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by persistent respiratory symptoms and airflow limitation that is due…
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  • World Pneumonia Day!

    12th of November has been established as World Pneumonia day since 2009 aiming to increase awareness on pneumonia, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality especially in children and the elderly. What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs especially affecting the alveoli that fill with…
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  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Cancer is a generic term for a group of diseases which can affect any body organ or system characterized by rapid, uncontrollable and abnormal cell growth and division, as well as the ability to spread throughout the body (metastasis). The cancer is usually named after the organ where it started from,…
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  • An update on the Coronavirus outbreak

    Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that mainly affect the respiratory system. The severity of illness they cause ranges from a common cold to very serious and even fatal respiratory infections. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and high fever, whereas in some severe cases and depending on the virus…
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  • Basic information on coronaviruses and recommended ways to protect ourselves

    Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that mainly affect the respiratory system. The severity of illness they cause ranges from a common cold to very serious and even fatal respiratory infections. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath and high fever, whereas in some severe cases and depending on the virus…
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  • World Pneumonia Day!

    12th of November has been established as World Pneumonia day since 2009 aiming to increase awareness on pneumonia, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality especially in children and the elderly. What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs especially affecting the alveoli that fill with…
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  • WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, June 5th, 2019

    The World Health Organization has included air pollution among the top ten threats to public health in 2019. What is Air pollution? Air pollution can be defined as the process of various pollutants being dispersed into the air which lead to harmful effects on all living organisms and the environment.1 Pollutants…
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  • World No Tobacco Day 2019: Tobacco and Lung Health

    Smoking, a classified disease, is the greatest epidemic of all time. Although smoking affects the whole body, the respiratory system is the point of entry and main target for the harmful effects of the noxious toxic substances inhaled through various tobacco products. Some of the main known tobacco-induced respiratory diseases…
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