Did you know that asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases, with an estimated 300 million individuals affected worldwide?
World Asthma Day is held on the 7th of May 2013 and the theme is: “You can control your asthma”.
Organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), World Asthma Day aims to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
Asthma control is the goal of treatment and can be achieved in the vast majority of asthma patients with proper management. A person’s asthma is under control when he or she has:
• No (or minimal) asthma symptoms.
• No waking at night due to asthma.
• No (or minimal) need to use “reliever” medication.
• The ability to do normal physical activity and exercise.
• Normal (or near-normal) lung function test results (PEF and FEV1).
• No (or very infrequent) asthma attacks.
A strategy for achieving and maintaining asthma control is set out in the GINA Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention. The strategy requires four interrelated components of therapy:
• Develop patient/doctor partnership.
• Identify and reduce exposure to risk factors.
• Assess, treat, and monitor asthma.
• Manage asthma exacerbations.
Under this strategy, asthma is treated in a stepwise manner to achieve and maintain control of the disease.
For more information about GINA and World Asthma Day, please visit:
For asthma information in Australia, I recommend Asthma Australia and the Asthma Foundations who work closely together everyday to go above and beyond with asthma education in our schools, provide support to Australian families and to raise asthma awareness: