World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.

Plans for the World Asthma Day 2020

Hold your breath!

The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has decided the World Asthma Day will be May 5 every year from now on! But this year of 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will postpone a global campaign planned to be launched at the World Asthma Day. 

We ask you please to take a minute, breathe deeply and hold your breath: 

  • In solidarity to all those suffering from SARS-CoV2 brutal attack
  • In support of the brave professionals and policy makers assisting those with COVID-19 and preventing further transmission of the virus 
  • To praise all sleepless researchers trying to generate and disseminate knowledge to inform wise decisions to fight the pandemic 

If you notice how uncomfortable it is not breathing freely for a minute, we wish to reassure you of the commitment of GINA to help fighting the suffocation of COVID-19, with a special attention to those that suffer with asthma, who are regretfully so familiar with the terrible sensation of not breathing freely. 

We ask all GINA partners to move on with any virtual activities for the World Asthma Day planned on May 5 or thereafter and keep us informed. A Global team of GINA Advocates has been recruited and will be onboard soon to help us by disseminating our messages. By the way, GINA Report 2020 is ready for you, incorporating considerations on COVID-19. It is now accompanied by Podcasts recorded by the Chair of the Board of GINA and the Chair of GINA Science Committee. Please help by disseminating them all. 

This logo may be downloaded, printed, and distributed in accordance with your World Asthma Day celebrations

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.

Send us information about your World Asthma Day 2020 activity to post on this site!

View the presentation in the slideshow below or download the PowerPoint (PPTX) presentation complete with videos!

World Asthma Day PowerPoint (PPTX)
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