World Asthma Day

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2024 Date7 May 2024
2025 Date6 May 2025

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World Asthma Day History

World Asthma Day seeks to raise awareness about asthma, a chronic condition affecting the airways in the lungs. Created by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), the day aims to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. This important observance seeks to educate communities about the risk factors, prevention methods, and the appropriate treatment options for the condition. Importantly, it also facilitates a dialogue between health professionals and the public to bridge knowledge gaps and promote positive behaviours towards asthma management.

In the context of Australia, World Asthma Day bears special significance as asthma remains a prevalent issue. According to the National Asthma Council Australia, one in nine people are affected by asthma, equating to approximately 2.7 million Australians. The need for increased awareness and improved patient care is evident. This day also becomes a reminder of the tragic 2016 'Thunderstorm Asthma' event in Melbourne that saw a significant spike in severe asthma attacks, reinforcing the need for better preparedness and understanding of this chronic disease.

In Australia, World Asthma Day is observed through various awareness campaigns, educational programs, and community engagement initiatives. Local health services, schools, workplaces, and media platforms actively participate in disseminating information, hosting events and encouraging dialogue about asthma prevention and management. People dress in grey, the internationally recognised colour for asthma, to show solidarity. World Asthma Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May, further uniting the country in the global efforts to combat asthma.

Facts about World Asthma Day

  • The theme for World Asthma Day in 2024 Asthma Education Empowers.
    In 2023, the theme was Asthma care for All.
  • According to the CDC, in 2023, 7.7% of Americans have asthma, roughly 45 million people.
    According to the National Library of Medicine, in 2022, approximately 300 million people worldwide have asthma.
  • In 2016, Asthma Australia launched the Triple Zero (000) Campaign on World Asthma Day to educate Australians on providing first aid to people experiencing an asthma attack and when to call the emergency hotline.
  • Asthma is estimated to cost the Australian economy over $28 billion per year in the cost of healthcare, lost productivity, and premature death.

Top things to do in Australia for World Asthma Day

  • Read about an interview with a school girl with asthma.
  • Watch this video on what happens during an extreme asthma attack.
  • Check out one of Asthma Foundation Australia's local events. On World Asthma Day, the organization holds various events such as fundraising events, awareness campaigns, and educational seminars.
  • Participate in an asthma walk organized by the Asthma Foundations of Victoria. These walks are usually short, family-friendly events that raise awareness about asthma and its impact on people's lives.

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