Newsletter September 2022
Dear Global Asthma Network colleagues and friends,
Greetings to you all. This newsletter celebrates the 10 year anniversary of the Global Asthma Network, established in 2012. We are sending this out to coincide with World Lung Day on 25th September 2022 (see World Lung Day fact sheet on Page 12). Several contributions have been received from our collaborators.
We are also delighted that the Global Asthma Report (GAR) 2022 has been completed. The authorship list is even more global than our previous reports, with 97 people from 31 countries contributing. The State-of the Art report includes sections on the burden of asthma, asthma in the WHO regions, improving asthma management and climate change, as well as GAN Phase I reports.
GAR 2022 will be launched on 11 November 2022 (14:00-15:00 Central European Time) at The Union’s World Conference on Lung Health. Those of you who have been involved with this publication and/or are part of the GAN Phase I study group will receive a printed copy of this document by post. The website for GAR 2022 is being created by Eamon Ellwood, and will be part of the launch.
This is my last Newsletter in my role as Chair of GAN. On 1 October Kevin Mortimer and Refiloe Masekela will become Co-Chairs of GAN going forward. It has been a privilege and a pleasure working with you all and the GAN Steering Group.
The GAN collaboration has 387 centres in 138 countries (from all regions of the world), the majority (67%) of centres being in low-and middle-income countries. As someone from a small high-income country, I feel humbled by the worldwide engagement in GAN, which reflects the global importance of asthma and the need to have accessible, affordable, effective detection and management everywhere. GAN Phase I has resulted in 27 publications to date, with more to follow.
The post-GAN Phase I online survey is about to close, and we look forward to replies from anyone who has not done so. GAN has had an amazing journey to date and I foresee that this extraordinary collaboration will continue.
With all best wishes from the GAN Global Centre, Auckland.
Professor Emeritus Innes Asher ONZM
Chair of GAN