May 01, 2011 News
Under the theme “You Can Control Your Asthma,” World Asthma Day 2011 will be observed on May 5, 2011 around the world.
The Global Initiative for Asthma last year launched a five-year campaign to reduce asthma hospitalisations by 50 per cent worldwide through better asthma control.
Why is the Asthma Control Challenge needed? Asthma is a major global public health problem, and its prevalence is increasing. The number of patients suffering from asthma has doubled during the last 10 years.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 300 million people are affected and by the year 2025 another 100 million will have the disease.
Globally, around 250,000 people die prematurely each year as a result of asthma. Scientists don’t know why the prevalence of asthma is increasing, or how to prevent the disease.
However, we do know that effective action at the local and national level can decrease the burden of asthma—reducing the disease’s human suffering and social and economic costs.
This requires tailoring solutions to each country’s health care system and available resources, systematic planning, and networking to implement the best asthma practices.
Hospitalisation usually indicates long-term treatment failure and risk of asthma death, while hospitalisation affects a person’s work, school, and other activities, and it is troublesome to have a family member in the hospital.
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