Initiated by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), World Asthma Day is being observed on May 5 this year.
With the idea to raise awareness about asthma, its hazardous impact on life and how to keep it at bay, the day sees various themes as its unique selling point every year.
The theme for World Asthma Day 2020 is ‘Enough Asthma Deaths'.
As per The Global Asthma Report 2018, asthma contributes to less than 1% of all deaths in most countries. Although the number is relatively small, it remains a serious concern because of the fact that many of these deaths are actually preventable.
It is for this reason that GINA has taken the onus to talk about the issue and prevent asthma related deaths across the globe.
The first World Asthma Day was observed in 1998. It was celebrated in more than 35 countries. Since its inception, the more countries have come forward to participate in order to create more awareness about this disease in their respective countries. Earlier World Asthma Day was being observed on first Tuesday of May every year, however, it is only from this year onward that GINA has decided to observe May 5 as World Asthma Day.
GINA in collaboration with a number of health care groups and NGOs across the globe observes the World Asthma Day to spread awareness about the disease and reduce the prevalence of the disease. It also makes efforts to reduce the mortality rate caused by asthma.
Due to Coronavirus pandemic this year, GINA is not actively promoting the World Asthma Day. Still, it has issued a circular to all the supporters of GINA and everyone who supports the cause to conduct virtual events and seminars to spread awareness.
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