World Asthma Day 2012: A Global Initiative to Control Asthma
May 1, 2012: Organising and celebrating World Asthma Day (WAD) every year on the first Tuesday of May is a global initiative to educate people about asthma disease and to improve asthma care across the world. This day has been organised every year since 1998 by Global Initiative for Asthma in association with healthcare groups and asthma educators from around the world.
Each country contributes in celebration of WAD by organising activities on this day to aware people about asthma with the help of health care professionals, educators, and responsible members of the society who want the burden of asthma to get reduced. Also, each year the GINA selects a theme, organises preparation and distribution of materials and resources of World Asthma Day.
This year the World Asthma Day will be held on May 1, 2012. It will be organised by the GINA in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (US). The theme of the WAD this year will remain the same which was introduced for WAD 2007, that is – “You Can Control Your Asthma,” for focusing consistently on asthma control emphasised in the latest versions of the guideline documents by GINA. The activities of WAD 2012 will continue focusing on the Asthma Control Challenge introduced on WAD 2010 by GINA.
With the increasing awareness about asthma, the participation of many countries throughout the world has increased in organising the activities for the asthma awareness and control. When first initiated in 1998, the world Asthma Day was celebrated in over 35 countries of the world and the first World Asthma Meeting was held in Barcelona, Spain. Today, this day has become one of the world’s most significant day for asthma awareness and conducting events educating control over asthma.
Some facts about asthma:
- Asthma is a chronic disease of the bronchial that are responsible for passage of air to and from the lungs.
- Currently, about 235 million people across the globe are suffering from asthma. This chronic disease is most commonly found in children.
- This disorder is developed mostly due to inhaled substances or particles that cause allergic reactions or irritation in the airways.
Asthma can be controlled through proper and regular medication. Also, avoiding asthma triggers can bring down the severity of the disease.