As part of AZT’s ongoing commitment to improving the health of the people of Thailand, AZT is continually identifying relevant issues which can help it invest back to the community. In 2017, with 17,347 reported deaths caused by asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), 30 percent were found to have originated from Bangkok and the northern provinces in Region 1 which include Chiangmai, Chiang rai, Lampoon, Mae Hong Son, Prae, Nan and Phayao. In recognition of the increasing prevalence of asthma and COPD, AZT helped alleviate the substantial burden of patients, family members/caregivers, healthcare resources and economic productivity through the Healthy Lung Programme. Essentially a sustainability programme, the Healthy Lung Programme aims to strengthen health systems, to improve healthcare capabilities, infrastructure, accessibility and the quality of healthcare. It is a regional initiative that is tailored and developed for nine countries in the Asian region, and was developed primarily to ensure that all people living with respiratory diseases have the chance to live healthier lives and experience the best possible care.