World Asthma Day is a big event celebrated all over the world by the people to increase awareness among the public worldwide about the precautions and preventions of asthma. This event is annually organized on an international level by the GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) in order to increase asthma awareness all around the world.
It is celebrated on an annual basis on the 1st Tuesday of May month. World Asthma Day celebration was first started celebrating in the year 1998 by the GINA in more than 35 countries after its first “World Asthma Meeting” in Barcelona, Spain.
GINA organizes a variety of programs every year with the help of organizers and associates like health care groups and asthma educators to encourage and motivate the common public using the sub-theme called “It’s Time to Control Asthma”. GINA decides every year’s theme of celebration as well as distributes the materials and resources to the organizers to organize programs.
Various health care professionals, members, educators, and other health care organizations take part in the celebration by showing their activities related to asthma at many public places in order to help people reduce their burden of asthma.
Controlling the current status of asthma all around the world is very necessary and it has become the responsibility of all the medical professionals and not only the patients. Asthma management requires collaborative efforts of the patients, asthma carers, health professionals, community health groups and other health care systems globally.
World Asthma Day 2014 celebration would organize a symposium to bring together the key players including asthma educators, general practitioners, respiratory nurses, practicing nurses, pharmacy assistants, pharmacists, medical researchers, medical students, and other health workers.
World Asthma Day 2019
World Asthma Day 2019 will be celebrated all across the world on the 7th of May, on Tuesday (1st Tuesday of May).
World Asthma Day 2019 theme is “STOP for Asthma”. The STOP in the theme stands for Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess and proceed to adjust treatment.
The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) will organize various activities on the occasion to spread awareness of asthma and educate people on its prevention. It will also organize checkup camps across the globe to diagnose and treat asthma.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) will organize medical camps and provide free checkups and medicines for the patients suffering from Asthma. It will also educate people on Asthma and other allergic diseases.
World Asthma Day Activities
World Asthma Day is celebrated in the month of May every year that’s why May is known as the Asthma Awareness Month when the “National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)” is organized to encourages the people to take care of their asthma.
Family members and the persons having asthma are encouraged for the written asthma action plan (AAP) through their healthcare provider to fulfill the specific needs of the asthmatic patients such as accurate medications to get prevented from the airway inflammations and environmental causes of asthma-like dust mites and tobacco smoke.
APP is a big step taken by the NAEPP to bring together the clinicians, patients and others taking care of the asthmatic patients to work together jointly in order to seize control over asthma. Patients of persistent asthma are motivated through many activities for using inhaled corticosteroids to get successful control over asthma. Some of the activities are:
> AAP aims to highlight the daily basis of control over asthma and handling its symptoms or asthma attacks.
> Free checkup camps are organized to assess the severity of asthma among people to start the best treatment.
> Patients are motivated for their scheduled follow-up visits at the periodic intervals of six months and controlling the environmental exposures to get prevented from allergens or irritants.
> Asthma Societies in many countries celebrate World Asthma Day on the national level.
> New asthma clinics and pharmacy clinics are opened in the required areas.
> TV channels and news channels distribute messages like “fighting asthma with every breath” and other awareness messages to reach the public.
> Quiz competitions, debate, symposium and etc on the subject of asthma are organized in the schools, colleges, and pharmacies throughout the country.
> Classes are taken by the teachers on the subjects of asthma prevention and precaution methods.
> Asthma awareness posters and banners are distributed and applied in the most vulnerable areas to increases public awareness.
Objectives of World Asthma Day
World asthma day is celebrated every year by organizing lots of programs and events to fulfill the following objectives:
> The HSE National Asthma Programme (NAP) was established in the year 2010 by the Asthma Society, Ireland aiming to improve asthma care.
> To identify the patient for accurate treatment of primary or secondary level based on the standard guidelines.
> Maximize the number of people without asthma and minimize the number of people with asthma to get proper control.
> Reduce death rates caused by asthma.
> Enroll all the asthma patients to ensure that all patients are diagnosed and getting treatment.
> To reduce emergency department visits because of asthma and the number of days spent by the asthmatic patients in the hospital.
World Asthma Day Theme
> The theme of 1998 was “to help our children breathe”.
> The theme of 2000 was “everyone normal breathing”.
> The theme of 2001 was “unite to overcome asthma”.
> The theme of 2002 was “Understanding asthma”.
> The theme of 2003 was “Reducing the asthma burden”.
> The theme of 2004 was “emphasis on asthma, reduce the burden of asthma”.
> The theme of 2005 was “The Unmet Needs of Asthma”.
> The theme of 2006 was “The Unmet Needs of Asthma”.
> The theme of 2007 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2008 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2009 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2010 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2011 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2012 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2013 was “You Can Control Your Asthma.”
> The theme of 2014 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2015 was “You Can Control Your Asthma” and the sub-theme was “It’s Time to Control Asthma”.
> The theme of 2016 was “You Can Control Your Asthma”.
> The theme of 2017 was “Allergy and Asthma”.
> The theme of 2018 is “Better air better breathing”.
> World Asthma Day 2019 theme is “STOP for Asthma”. The STOP in the theme stands for Symptom evaluation, Test response, Observe and assess and proceed to adjust treatment.