The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) Program

Guidelines and Reports

The GINA global strategy for asthma management and prevention is presented in its strategy documents, which are freely available on the GINA Website.

The GINA Scientific Committee prepares updates to these documents each year, which are made available on the GINA Website as they are completed. The Scientific Committee has developed a sophisticated set of procedures to review the world’s literature with regards to asthma management and to update the GINA documents to reflect this state-of-the-art information.

World Asthma Day

GINA organizes World Asthma Day, which is held on the first Tuesday in May, in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators throughout the world.

Each year GINA chooses a theme and coordinates preparation and distribution of World Asthma Day materials and resources. GINA also maintains the World Asthma Day Internet Headquarters, where materials and resources are posted for downloading and a complete listing of activities around the world is constantly updated.

The first World Asthma Day, in 1998, was celebrated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain. Participation has increased with each World Asthma Day held since then, and the day has become one of the world’s most important asthma awareness and education events.

GINA Website

To facilitate communication internationally, GINA has maintained a Website since 1995. The GINA Website, which has become one of the most visited health sites on the Internet, provides updates about GINA’s activities and information about GINA collaborating groups and contacts throughout the world. It also provides access to the GINA  documents and educational materials for patients and the public.

Regional and country-wide programs

Several regional and country-wide programs have been implemented to disseminate GINA recommendations for asthma care.

Mediterranean Region
GINA in Brazil
Asthma/COPD Care Units in Vietnam

GINA Symposia: Governmental, Expert, and Primary Care Outreach

More than 85 GINA Symposia have been held throughout the world as part of GINA’s efforts to link with governments, asthma experts, primary care physicians, and professional organizations.

Upcoming symposia will be coordinated with the GINA Regional Initiative efforts.