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World Asthma Day


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GINA organizes World Asthma Day, which is held on the first Tuesday in May, in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators throughout the world.

Each year GINA chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World Asthma Day materials and resources. GINA also maintains the World Asthma Day Internet Headquarters, where materials and resources are posted for downloading and a complete listing of activities around the world is constantly updated.

The first World Asthma Day, in 1998, was celebrated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain. Participation has increased with each World Asthma Day held since then, and the day has become one of the world’s most important asthma awareness and education events.

World Asthma Day (WAD) is organized by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) towards increasing awareness about asthma and its management across the world. It is observed every year on first Tuesday of May. On this day activities are carried out throughout the world to motivate asthma patients to keep their asthma under control.

The theme for WAD 2019 is STOP for Asthma: where STOP stands for Symptom Evaluation, Test Response, Observe and Assess, and Proceed to Adjust Treatment.

Facts-

According to World Health Organization (WHO) 235 million people suffer from asthma globally.

Asthma is one of the major non-communicable diseases. It is also the most common chronic disease in children.

Asthma cannot be cured but appropriate management can control the disorder and enable people to enjoy good quality of life.

Some children with milder forms of asthma don’t have their symptoms with age but symptoms can return without warning.

Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and cough that vary over time in their occurrence, severity and frequency.

During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways swell, causing the air passages to narrow and thus reducing the flow of air into and out of the lungs.

The theme of World Asthma Day 2019 is “STOP for Asthma”. Here the theme represents symptom evaluation, test response, observe, assess and proceed to adjust treatment.The Global Initiative of Health (GINA) will organise checkup camps across the world to diagnose and treat asthma. Even National Institutes of Health (NIH) also organise medical camps, provide free checkups and medicines for the patients suffering from Asthma.

Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases. One in 13 Americans (more than 25 million) lives with asthma, a disease affecting the lungs and causing repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. On World Asthma Day (May 7, 2019) and throughout May, people with asthma and organizations dedicated to asthma control and education join together to increase awareness about asthma and improve the lives of all people with asthma.