Image of the Belgian Lung Foundation


The Belgian Lung Foundation participated in the 20km of Brussels, and it was an incredible experience.

The overwhelming support for the goals of our foundation was truly uplifting. It was amazing to see so many people come together to tackle respiratory health challenges. We extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who joined the “RUN FOR YOUR LUNGS” – team, to our partners, and to our supporters.

This event marked a fantastic start for the Belgian Lung Foundation.

And remember: Let’s MOVE!


Belgian Lung

The members of the BeRS Board of Directors, supported by the ERS (European Respiratory Society) and the IRC (International Respiratory Coalition), have decided to create a new charitable foundation, the Belgian Lung Foundation (BeLF).

What is a public benefit foundation?

A public benefit foundation is a foundation with the disinterested and charitable aim of carrying out a philanthropic, ideological, religious, scientific, artistic, educational or cultural project.

But why does the BeRS want to set up a foundation?

  1. Philanthropic and scientific objectives

    This foundation will enable the BeRS to pursue specific objectives such as health promotion, education and the promotion of a healthy environment.

  2. Notoriety

    Public interest foundations are subject to strict rules of governance, transparency and accountability, which can help raise the profile and image of the BeRS and its partners.

How will the foundation be financed?

  • By applying for specific project grants from institutions such as the King Baudouin Foundation, the Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), etc.
  • Donations and legacies
  • By sponsoring specific activities
  • Following the example of the European Lung Foundation, there will be no direct contributions from industrial partners.
Quels sont les objectifs de cette fondation ?

What are the foundation's objectives?

  • Promote respiratory health through events, projects and educational activities
  • Create a discussion forum that brings together patient associations, healthcare professionals, researchers, environmental associations, etc. to improve lung health and advance diagnosis, treatment and care.
  • Develop scientific and medical research in the respiratory field by awarding grants and prizes.
  • Raise public awareness of the importance of respiratory diseases and related problems, and of the impact of air pollution in general and in Belgium in particular, by setting up action plans for the country (Belgian Asthma Action Plan) and groups to draw attention to specific issues (air pollution, etc.).
  • Organize or support conferences, seminars or courses on medical research in the respiratory field in Belgium or abroad.
  • Provide support to Belgian political and administrative authorities in matters relating to respiratory health
  • Publish opinions on health policy in the field of respiratory diseases.

In a nutshell

The aim of all these initiatives is to create a national coalition against respiratory diseases in Belgium, i.e. a solid network comprising various players (healthcare professionals, patients, researchers, citizens) with the objective of promoting respiratory health by supporting education and research in this field, as well as the implementation of environmentally friendly policies.