World Asthma Day 2021 - Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions
This year's World Asthma Day theme is "Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions". The theme provides a call to action to address common widely held myths and misconceptions concerning asthma that prevent persons with asthma from enjoying optimal benefit from the major advances in the management of this condition. Common misconceptions surrounding asthma include:
- Asthma is a childhood disease; individuals will grow out of it as they age.
- Asthma is infectious.
- Asthma sufferers should not exercise.
- Asthma is only controllable with high dose steroids.
Latest Lung Health Paper published in The Lancet
Jamilah Meghji with other authors including some GAN Steering Group members have published a new paper on Lung Health in LMICs.
Meghji J, Mortimer K, Agusti A, Allwood BW, Asher I, Bateman ED, Bissell K, Bolton CE, Bush A, Celli B, Chiang C-Y, Cruz AA, Dinh-Xuan A-T, El Sony A, Fong KM, Fujiwara PI, Gaga M, Garcia-Marcos L, Halpin DMG, Hurst JR, Jayasooriya S, Kumar A, Lopez-Varela MV, Masekela R, Mbatchou Ngahane BH, Montes de Oca M, Pearce N, Reddel HK, Salvi S, Singh SJ, Varghese C, Vogelmeier CF, Walker P, Zar HJ, Marks GB. Improving lung health in low-income and middle-income countries: from challenges to solutions. The Lancet. 2021; in press. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)00458-X
First GAN Surveillance paper published
The first paper from the GAN Phase I surveillance has now been published. The paper describes the response rates and geological coverage of the surveillance.
P Ellwood , E Ellwood, C Rutter, V Perez-Fernandez, E Morales, L García-Marcos, N Pearce, MI Asher, D Strachan and the GAN Phase I Study Group. Global Asthma Network Phase I Surveillance: Geographical Coverage and Response Rates. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(11), 3688; doi:10.3390/jcm9113688.
Global Asthma Management Guidelines
The Global Asthma Network has updated known Asthma Management Guidelines used around the world, through its most recent survey conducted in 2019/20. Previous Asthma Guidelines Surveys were conducted in 2011 and 2014, to ascertain the coverage of Asthma Management Guidelines throughout the world. The guidelines that were identified in these surveys are now available for download on our Management Guidelines page.
The Inaugural UN International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies
The 7th of September marked the inaugural UN International Day of Clean Air for blue skies, a day to call upon governments, corporations, civil society and individuals to take action to reduce air pollution to protect human health.
The theme of the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies is "Clean Air for All" and it invites us all to consider how we can change our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution we produce. To see what health workers and advocates are doing around the world to reduce air pollution within the World Organization of Family Doctors(WONCA) air health TtT program: Click Here
Also, coupled with the Global week of action on NCDs(7-13th), in collaboration with the Ministry of Heath in Cameroon within the WONCA Air Health TtT program, training with clinics and health centers has been launched on the need to advise their patients related to mitigation actions to reduce effects of air pollution on their health.
Union statement on World Health Organization funding
Professor Guy Marks, president of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and Global Asthma Steering Group member, has been quoted in the AFP urging USA President Donald Trump to reverse his "reckless decision". He said withdrawing funding would have consequences far beyond COVID-19 that could prove "catastrophic for WHO's other disease control programmes around the world". read more
Call to make preventive drugs more accessible for childhood diseases in LMICs
Hollywood film and television actress Claire Forlani, ambassador for The Union, has made a clarion call for local interventions using simple tools for active screening and diagnosis to end the epidemic of TB, pnuemonia and asthma among children in LMIC's. read more
COVID-19, asthma and other chronic respiratory diseases
The World Health Organization’s Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases has created this information site https://gard-breathefreely.org/covid19/ which is kept up to date.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has created a comprehensive page of coronavirus information for asthma patients which can be found here
The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has created a page of frequently asked questions regarding asthma management and COVID-19 which can be found here.
Global Asthma Reports making an impact
Global Asthma Reports are very popular. Between them the Global Asthma Reports have had a total of 182,097 downloads to date! Since first published, the downloads have been as follows: