World Asthma Day is an annual awareness event supported by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and US based National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB), and also the World Asthma Foundation. World Asthma Day has been running for 10 years. The day usually has an annual theme, and for 2018 the theme was ‘Allergy and Asthma’.
The aim of the day is raising awareness of asthma and how it affects sufferers. The day falls on the first Tuesday in May each year and aims to raise support for sufferers and their families. World Asthma Day 2019 is on May 2nd. World Asthma Day was launched in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona, and has grown to become the biggest international asthma event.
Activities for World Asthma Day may include free screenings for asthma, media advertising, talks, education and community and sponsored events.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes breathing difficulties and affects sufferers to varying degrees, asthma is caused by swelling and inflammation of the bronchial tubes, sometimes in reaction to allergens, exercise, stress or changes in temperature. Asthma is not usually curable but can be controlled to certain extents, depending on how it affects the sufferer. If asthma is controlled then sufferers can live relatively normal lives, although some triggers may have to be avoided.
Asthma is controlled by prevention medication for chronic symptoms and relief medication for flare-ups of asthma symptoms. Education and understanding are keys to effective control of asthma, which can be fatal if not managed properly. World Asthma Day educates and raises awareness of the condition in the hope of relieving suffering and reducing deaths.