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About LHL

LHL is a comprehensive member-based, non-profit health organisation with more than 54 000 members.

LHL represents and works for patients with heart, stroke and pulmonary diseases in Norway. LHL has 54 000 members and 240 local associations in all regions in Norway.

LHL is a non-profit organization. This means that any financial profit remains within the organization and is channeled to medical purposes. No earnings may be taken out of the organization.

Through educating the public, teaching, treatment, follow-up, research and political lobbying, LHL has helped improve people’s lives since 1943.

And we will go on doing just that.

LHL was founded in 1943, under the name of the Tuberculosis Relief Society (THO). Tuberculosis was then a major disease group in Norway, and around 10,000 Norwegians suffered from tuberculosis every year. Therefore, a group of idealistic persons identified the need for an organization that could fight for their interests and rights. One of the biggest challenges was to overcome people's fear of infection and the consequent exclusion from society.

The Tuberculosis Relief Society fought for many important social policy issues. The first goals achieved were better treatment options and living conditions, employment and social security and the construction of a vocational school for people that had suffered from tuberculosis.

Today tuberculosis is a rare disease in Norway, and those affected get good  treatment and survive. The school is still in operation though, and now the students a persons with other types of disabilities.

After the decrease of tuberculosis, a new group of diseases emerged: cardiovascular diseases - hearth disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke. During the 1970ies and the 1980ies medical and surgical treatment for heart disease improved. In Norway the capacity for heart surgery was limited and in the 1980ies it was established an air bridge where patients and health personnel were flown to United Kingdom for treatment. Again the idealists of LHL took action. They argued that it was unacceptable that Norway was unable to give adequate treatment to its own citizens. LHL at that time had a conference center one hours drive outside Oslo. This was transformed to at hearth hospital by building operating theatres and other facilities together with the congress center. Then the Feiring heart hospital opened in 1989.

Due to the smoking epidemic in the western countries, other types of lung diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease have increased over the last decades. Glittre Sanatorium was a tuberculosis sanatorium, and went on to become a general lung hospital after World War II. The government  operated the hospital until 1990, then LHL took over the buildings and started a modern lung hospital for rehabilitation.

Equality of opportunity

It is the objective of LHL to be a workplace where there is no discrimination on the grounds of ethnicity, national origin, race, language, religion or belief. LHL seeks to achieve full equality of opportunity between women and men and the association’s policy covers equality of opportunity; it seeks to avoid any discriminatory treatment on the grounds of gender in matters such as wages, advancement and recruitment. Traditionally, LHL has recruited staff from professional communities where men and women are represented equally.