Asthma is an important NCD in all regions of the world, affecting people in non-affluent as well as affluent countries

Asthma management guidelines are an essential part of successfully managing asthma

Quality-assured asthma medicines need to reach everyone with asthma

Asthma can be effectively and affordably managed in low-income countries

Asthma management and control is feasible and it should be on everyone’s agenda
Action must be taken now!

Asthma does not have to be a burden or cause suffering

Asthma burden can be rapidly reduced by the implementation of relatively simple measures within a systematic strategy to improve early detection and provide effective antiinflammatory treatment.

The Burden of Asthma

Asthma is a cause of substantial burden to people, often causing a reduced quality of life, not only due to its physical effects, but also its psychological and social effects. It is a particularly serious burden in low- and middle-income countries least able to afford the costs.


Management of Asthma and Capacity Building

Avoidable asthma deaths are still occurring due to inappropriate management of asthma, including over-reliance on reliever medication rather than preventer medication.


Asthma - A Global Priority

The Global Asthma Report 2014 makes many recommendations to the World Health Organization (WHO), governments, health authorities and health professionals, which, if followed, will transform asthma globally from a burden to an inconvenience.


Maps, Resources, Data

The factors affecting asthma require further research. New surveys are needed to update asthma trends, assess the burden of asthma and access to effective management. Meanwhile, GAN is working towards closing the data gaps.


The Global Asthma Report 2014

The Global Asthma Report 2014 includes strategic and practical recommendations and valuable information for governments, health organisations, health professionals, and people with asthma, including:

  • Latest Asthma Research
  • Maps and data on the global prevalence
  • Economic burden of asthma
  • Success stories
  • Key recommendations

Asthma may affect as many as 334 million people today and prevalence is rising. Low- and middle-income countries suffer the most severe cases. We have the tools to counter the devastating personal and economic impact of untreated and poorly managed asthma. We must act now!

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