The word "pulmonary" means lung and the word "fibrosis" means scar tissue, similar to scars that you may have on your skin from an old injury or surgery.
So, in its simplest sense, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. But, pulmonary fibrosis is more serious than just having a scar in your lung. In PF, the scar tissue builds up in the walls of the air sacs of the lungs and eventually, the scar tissue makes it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause you to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising.
Also, pulmonary fibrosis isn’t just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike. The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the “interstitial lung diseases.” Some interstitial lung diseases don't include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease includes scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis.
The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is to help people understand what it means to have pulmonary fibrosis.The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is focused to act as the trusted resource for all who are affected by this disease. Their signature programs include:
- PFF Care Center Network
- PFF Patient Registry
- PFF Patient Communication Center
- PFF Ambassador Program
- An international network of support groups and online communities
- The PFF Summit
- Comprehensive disease education materials
- Visit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org
We support the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation through donations and participation in their events by volunteering to support their activities.
Vibha is more than just an organization. It is a movement that empowers people to make a difference. It is a grassroots movement that empowers individuals, whether they are volunteers or donors, to make a positive difference in the life of an underprivileged child by providing them with the possibility of a brighter future.
Founded in 1991, today Vibha has a network of over 800 volunteers spread across 15 Action Centers (Atlanta, Austin, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Twin Cities - Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Washington DC) and several other cities in the US and India.
All of the projects that Vibha supports are exclusively targeted towards children, spanning a wide range of focus areas. The broad areas of our current focus and the corresponding projects in each category are outlined here. For detailed descriptions of these projects, please visit our projects website: vibha.org
Vibha selects child development projects without discrimination towards gender, caste, religion, political affiliation or language. It follows an exhaustive evaluation process that includes analysis of quantitative metrics, such as the number of children impacted, the cost per activity or the cost per child. It also factors in qualitative measures such as the impact on the local community, the organizational structure, and long-term sustainability of the organization. Vibha's main focus areas are:
- Vocational training
- Care for physically and/or mentally challenged children
- Rescue and rehabilitation of at-risk children
- Visit Vibha at www.vibha.org