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World Asthma Day 2024 Observed on May 7, 2024

Every year on the first Tuesday of May, we celebrate World Asthma Day. This year World Asthma Day is observed on May 7, 2024 is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma, (GINA) with World Health Organization collaborative organization founded in 1993. This day is all about raising awareness about asthma, a long-term lung disease that affects millions of people around the world. This year, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has chosen the theme “Asthma Education Empowers” to highlight the importance of teaching people with asthma and healthcare workers about the condition.

Asthma: A Global Health Problem

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects over 260 million people worldwide. Sadly, it causes around 450,000 deaths every year. This shows how important it is to better understand and manage this condition.

The Power of Education

The theme “Asthma Education Empowers” tells us that teaching people with asthma about their condition is very important. When they learn about asthma, they can manage their symptoms better, know when to see a doctor, and improve their overall life quality.

The theme also encourages healthcare workers to learn more about asthma, including how to treat it and the latest research. By staying up-to-date, they can give their patients the right information and the best care.

A Long-Standing Tradition

The first World Asthma Day was celebrated in 1998, at the same time as the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Since then, it has become a major global event, with over 35 countries participating in the first year. More and more people are now aware of asthma and the need for education.

May was chosen for this event because asthma symptoms often get worse in spring and fall.

Empowering People and Communities

Through the theme “Asthma Education Empowers,” GINA wants to give people with asthma and their communities the tools and knowledge to better manage this condition. By helping healthcare workers and the public understand asthma better, the World Asthma Day 2024 aims to reduce the number of people who get sick or die from this disease.

As we celebrate World Asthma Day, let’s work together to educate people about asthma so that those with this condition can live full and active lives, without being limited by their illness.

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