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  • The Global Asthma Network strives for a world where no-one suffers from asthma

  • The Global Asthma Network is the asthma surveillance hub for the world

  • The Global Asthma Network researches ways of reducing the burden of asthma

  • The Global Asthma Network promotes access to appropriate asthma management

  • The Global Asthma Network stimulates and encourages capacity building in LMICs

  • The Global Asthma Network strives to ensure access to quality-assured essential asthma medications

  • The Global Asthma Network raises the profile of asthma as a major NCD


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing over 60% of all deaths. Contrary to popular opinion, available data demonstrate that nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Despite their rapid growth and inequitable distribution, much of the human and social impact caused each year by NCD-related deaths could be averted through well-understood, cost-effective and feasible interventions.

There are currently a number of international organisations monitoring and pushing for action on NCD's who have published useful resources and documents.

NCD Alliance UN WHO The Lancet Other NCD Organisations

Policies affecting asthma and non-communicable diseases

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines

Access to affordable medicines is threatened by the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to the New Zealand-based leader of the Global Asthma Network, Professor Innes Asher.
Read more | Auckland University Press Release | View article

Kelsey Trade Law Tobacco Control Report

It is vital that governments continue to develop coherent policies to enhance access to effective asthma medicines. The Global Asthma Network is concerned that new international agreements being developed behind closed doors such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement potentially put at risk the ability of governments to negotiate lower prices for quality–assured medicines. Professor Jane Kelsey, Faculty of Law, University of Auckland maintains a blog monitoring the progress of this agreement.

Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020

May 2013 -- Member States at the Sixty-Sixth World Health Assembly approved the Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2020.

World Health Organization NCD Global Monitoring Framework

8 February 2013 -- WHO developed a global monitoring framework to enable global tracking of progress in preventing and controlling major noncommunicable diseases - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - and their key risk factors. The framework comprises nine global targets and 25 indicators and will be up for adoption by Member States during the World Health Assembly in May 2013.