World Asthma Day is an annual awareness day celebrated on every first Tuesday of May with an aim to raise awareness about asthma and it affects. This event is supported by the Global Initiative of Asthma (GINA), the World Asthma Foundation, and the US-based National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLB). Millions of people all over the world suffer from asthma and mostly in children.
Date of World Asthma Day 2020
This year World Asthma Day will be celebrated on the 5th of May 2020 i.e the first Tuesday of May.
In 1998, the World Asthma Day was established and the first event of world Asthma day was coinciding with the first World Asthma Meeting (WAM) in Barcelona, Spain. More than 35 countries involved. World Asthma Day has grown over time and is widely recognized as the world’s most important event in awareness of asthma.
Importance of World Asthma Day
The purpose of celebrating World Asthma Day is to create awareness about the treatment and support for people affected by asthma. Although the primary goal is to help the asthma patient, also support asthma affected families, friends and caregivers.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes trouble in breathing and it affects to varying degrees. This disease is caused by swelling and inflammation of bronchial tubes. Asthma is not a curable disease and it can be controlled at a certain stage depending on the effects. The symptoms of asthma include coughing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest, and wheezing.
Logo of World Asthma Day 2020
Every year GINA chooses a theme of World Asthma Day to create awareness about the asthma disease. This year World Asthma Day 2020 will focus on “Enough asthma Deaths”. But due to the global pandemic, the GINA has postponed the promotion of World Asthma Day until the next notice.
Facts about Asthma Day
- As per the WHO report, 235 million people suffer from Asthma worldwide.
- 2. Asthma is a non-communicable disease, and also the most common chronic disease in children.
- Creating awareness of Asthma and the public health consequences
- Encourage the identification of purposes for increased asthma prevalence.
- Raising awareness about asthma can help to reduce mortality.
- To support the asthma affected family, friends and caregivers.
- Help to educate about risk factors of asthma by controlling the symptoms.