World Asthma Day is held annually in the month of May, that’s why May is known as the Month of Asthma Awareness. It is an international event organized around the world by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to increase asthma awareness and treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), asthma is the most common chronic condition among children worldwide and about 235 million people live with the disease. In low and lower-middle-income countries, most asthma-related deaths (over 80 percent) occur. On the first Tuesday of May, World Asthma Day takes place. After its first “World Asthma Meeting” in Barcelona, Spain, GINA began celebrating World Asthma Day in more than 35 countries in 1998. As attendance grows, the day has become the most significant event in the world for asthma awareness and education. It attempts to inform individuals on how best to control this respiratory condition and other allergic diseases. In order to help individuals minimize their asthma burden, numerous health care providers, participants, educators, and other health care groups engage in the event by showcasing their asthma-related practices in many public locations. The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) aims to provide researchers, pharmacists, pulmonologists, and others with a shared forum to engage together and take the appropriate steps to tackle the growing prevalence of asthma worldwide.
An inflammatory condition that affects the lungs is asthma. The swelling and narrowing of the tubes that bring air to and from the lungs causes it. It is a condition which is non-communicable. Repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing are endured by people with asthma. Nowadays in children, it is the most common chronic condition. The airways get narrower in this illness and are filled with mucus that prevents the airflow further. It could leave a person breathless if asthma is not handled in time. There is currently no cure, but medication will help control the symptoms. A patient will live a complete and rewarding life with the right care and management. It is very important to monitor the current state of asthma around the world and it has become the responsibility of all medical practitioners and not just patients. Asthma management includes patients, asthma caregivers, health providers, community health associations, and other global health care networks to collaborate. As we know, there is currently no cure for asthma disease, but it is possible to manage symptoms through medication. Prevention and preventive steps, such as learning about asthma, its signs, and symptoms, avoiding cigarette smoke, air pollution, cold, and flu, etc., are best taken. World Asthma Day is a global initiative to raise awareness of asthma and treatment across the globe to prevent death from the condition. GINA, meanwhile, urges patients with asthma to practice good hand-washing hygiene, social distance, and continue to use drugs as prescribed by their physician.