Closing Gaps in Asthma Care; World Asthma Day 2022

FOR MEDIA WORLDWIDE                                                    May 3, 2022

On this World Asthma Day, May 3, 2022, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), calls on the international respiratory communities to work together with colleagues, patients and health care providers to close the gaps in asthma care.

World Asthma Day (WAD) is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, (GINA) (ginasthma.org), a World Health Organization collaborative organization founded in 1993. WAD is held each May to raise awareness of Asthma worldwide.

Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage it to reduce and prevent asthma attacks or exacerbations.

There are a number of gaps in asthma care which require intervention to reduce preventable suffering, as well as the costs incurred by treating uncontrolled asthma.

In addition to unequal access to diagnosis and treatment, current gaps in asthma care exist:

·      between care for different socio-economic, ethnic and age groups
·      between wealthy and poorer communities and countries
·      in communication and care across the primary/secondary/tertiary care
·      in communication and education provided for people with asthma, (quality of asthma care plans)
·      in asthma knowledge and asthma awareness between health care providers
·      in prioritization between asthma and other long-term conditions
·      between prescribing inhalers and monitoring adherence and ability to use them
·      between the general public’s (non-asthmatics) and health care professionals’ understanding that asthma is a chronic (not acute) disease.
·      between scientific evidence and actual delivery of care for people with asthma.

Global Initiative for Asthma’s (GINA) regularly updated and evidence-based strategy documents can help to address these disparities. However, implementing recommendations based on scientific evidence is challenging – not all local solutions are applicable globally, and, similarly, global recommendations may not be applicable locally.

The challenge posed by this year’s theme is for international respiratory communities to work together to identify and close the gaps in asthma care, and to help implement and share innovative solutions locally and globally.

World Asthma Day was first held in 1998, and has grown each year to become one of the most important Asthma events globally. On World Asthma Day, hundreds of awareness-raising activities will take place in countries all over the world. Further information about GINA and World Asthma Day can be found at GINA’s website: ginasthma.org. Documents detailing GINA’s global strategy for diagnosis, management, and prevention of asthma are also available at ginasthma.org.