To Meet HIV World Health Goals, TB Treatment Must be Maintained During COVID-19 Response

1 December 2020 — The global COVID-19 pandemic has strained health care systems around the world. In the developing world, tuberculosis (TB), which shares several symptoms with COVID-19, is often the first sign that a person has HIV. This World AIDS Day, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma …

GINA is very sad to hear of the passing of former GINA Science Committee Chair from 2000-2004, Professor Tim Clark

The GINA community is sad to learn of the death of Professor Timothy Clark in England on the 14th of July 2020. Trained at Guy’ Hospital, London, Professor Clark’s interest in respiratory medicine began as a medical student with a prize-winning essay on dyspnoea in 1959. After completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital in …

World Pneumonia Day

Urgent progress needed to end the preventable burden of pneumonia and deaths: The Forum of International Respiratory Societies On World Pneumonia Day, 12 November, the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), of which Global Initiative for Asthma is a founding member, calls for urgent progress to end the preventable burden of pneumonia and deaths. Pneumonia …

World Lung Day 2020: Respiratory groups call for research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections

Cape Town, Glenview, Lausanne, Montevideo, New York, Paris, Tokyo, 25 September 2020 Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), Global Initiative for Asthma is united with members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and WLD partner organisations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call for more research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory …

In memoriam: Professor Sohei Makino, a founding member of GINA

GINA is sad to report the passing of Sohei Makino, Emeritus Professor at Dokkyo Medical University in Japan. Professor Makino passed away on August 4, 2020 at the age of 89 years. Professor Makino had an outstanding career, conducting research and providing important contributions in the fields of asthma pathophysiology. By focusing on eosinophils, he …

Mythbusters from WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a set of ‘Mythbusters’ relating to COVID-19, each with a graphic that can be downloaded and shared. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters  

COVID-19: GINA Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on asthma management

March 25, 2020 Follow GINA at @ginasthma People with asthma should continue all of their inhaled medication, including inhaled corticosteroids, as prescribed by their doctor. Inacute asthma attacks patients should take a short course of oral corticosteroids if instructed in their asthma action plan or by their healthcare provider, to prevent serious consequences. In rare cases, patients with severe asthma …

Recommendations for inhaled asthma controller medications

(scroll down for translated versions) People with asthma should continue to use their inhaled asthma controller medications during the COVID-19 epidemic GINA FAQs to frequently asked questions on asthma management Some sources have suggested that “corticosteroids” should be avoided during the COVID-19 epidemic. This advice is about the use of oral corticosteroids unless there is …

Read the European Respiratory Journal Editorial: GINA 2019: a fundamental change in asthma management

In April 2019, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) (box 1) published new recommendations that might be considered the most fundamental change in asthma management in 30 years. The new recommendations follow a decade-long programme of work by GINA, prompted by concerns about the risks and consequences of the long-standing approach of commencing asthma treatment with …