The Global Asthma Network was established in 2012 to improve asthma care globally, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, through enhanced surveillance, research collaboration, capacity building and access to quality-assured essential medicines.
The Network is a collaboration between individuals from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union). The Global Asthma Network is built on the work achieved by the ISAAC programme 1991-2012. It operates on the same principle of collaborative and systematic application of standardised methodologies. The global asthma surveillance work pioneered by ISAAC merged with the activities that The Union has pursued over the years in field evaluation and research into the management of asthma; access to quality-assured, affordable essential asthma medicines; and operational research and capacity-building.
The Global Asthma Network followed on from the Global Asthma Report 2011, launched at the time of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York on 19–20 September 2011. Since then, GAN has published three state of the art Global Asthma Reports on 2014, 2018 and 2022. They are designed to engage the world Health Organisation, government ministers, policy-makers, health workers, patient groups, donors and media in efforts to improve asthma care globally.
The network has a Steering Group with expertise in respiratory health and epidemiology, chaired by Innes Asher (2012-2022) and since then co-chaired by Kevin Mortimer and Refiloe Masekela.
The Global Asthma Network strives for a world where no-one suffers from asthma. It is the asthma surveillance hub for the world, researches ways of reducing the burden of asthma, promotes access to appropriate asthma management, stimulates and encourages capacity building in low and middle income countries, strives to ensure global access to quality-assured essential medications, and raises the profile of asthma as a major NCD.
The Global Asthma Report 2022 is the fourth in a series published in 2011, 2014 and 2018. It is a 102-page cutting edge State-of-the-Art report, with contributions from 97 experts from, 31 countries. The focus is on reducing the burden of asthma and improving asthma management. The section on the six WHO regions, includes insightful accounts.
The Global Asthma Report 2022 was officially launched at the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease World Conference on Lung Health 2022 on 10 November 2022
The report can be accessed at www.globalasthmareport.org
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