ABOUT THE REPORT
The Global Asthma Report has been prepared through the collaboration of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), two organisations that have been dedicated to helping countries identify and address the problem of asthma for more than two decades.
Designed for stakeholders from government ministers and policy-makers to health workers and people with asthma, the report provides an overview of what is known about the causes and triggers of the disease, the global incidence, the progress being made and the significant challenges today and for the future. It demonstrates that the suffering and waste of resources caused by not managing asthma effectively are much greater than the cost of effective action. Asthma is a public health problem that can – and should – be solved now.
Nils E Billo, MD MPH
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)
The Union would like to thank all of the authors who contributed chapters and all of those around the world who collected data for this first Global Asthma Report. In addition, we would like to acknowledge Innes Asher, Philippa Ellwood and Eamon Ellwood from ISAAC and Karen Bissell and Alice Boatwright from The Union for coordinating the development and production of the report.
The Union has been working with low- and middle-income countries to improve the management of asthma for 25 years. What has been accomplished is largely due to the long-standing leadership of Nadia Aït-Khaled and Don Enarson; the valuable contributions of members of The Union’s Lung Health Scientific Section, its Working Groups and the Department of Lung Health and Non-Communicable Diseases; and the dedicated work of the Asthma Drug Facility team, led by Cécile Macé and Karen Bissell.
We would also like to acknowledge Moira Chan-Yeung, past Editor-in-Chief for lung health at the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, for raising the visibility of asthma and disseminating important research. As always, we are indebted to The Union’s members from around the world for their tireless efforts to improve global lung health and their ongoing commitment to our common cause.
The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) was open to any collaborator who agreed to adhere to the protocol, and each centre was requested to provide its own funding. The programme was funded by the many funding bodies throughout the world that supported the individual ISAAC centres and collaborators and their meetings.
The coordination and central analyses of ISAAC Phases One, Two and Three were funded by the following:
The Health Research Council of New Zealand, The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation of New Zealand, The National Child Health Research Foundation, The Hawke’s Bay Medical Research Foundation, The Waikato Medical Research Foundation, Glaxo Wellcome New Zealand, Glaxo Wellcome International Medical Affairs, Astra Zeneca New Zealand, The Maurice & Phyllis Paykel Trust, the Fifth Framework Programme of European Commission, the BUPA Foundation, the Auckland Medical Research Foundation and The New Zealand Lotteries Commission.
Global asthma report: Authors
Prof Nadia Aït-Khaled
Prof H Ross Anderson
Prof M Innes Asher
Dr Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar
Dr Karen Bissell
Prof Bert Brunekreef
Prof Peter Burney
Dr Francisco Castillo
Dr Chiang Chen-Yuan
Prof Asma El Sony
Dr Mai El-Tigany
Prof Donald A Enarson
Dr Julio Garay
Prof Luis García-Marcos
Dr Martin Gninafon
Prof Tari Haahtela
Dr Deborah Jarvis
Dr Gillian Mann
Prof Neil Pearce
Dr Anne Pietinalho
Prof Dr Ricardo Sepúlveda M.
Prof David Strachan
Dr Léon Tawo
ISAAC Study Groups
Report cover: Francisco Castillo
Home page sequence: Francisco Castillo, Gary Hampton, Photoshare/ © 2010 Deepak Paudel and © 2005 Sangini Shah
What Is Asthma?: Photoshare/ © 2006 Quique Bassat_Mozambique; Gary Hampton
Asthma in Children: Damien Schumann
Asthma in Adults: Gary Hampton
Causes and Triggers: Damien Schumann, Gary Hampton
COPD: Damien Schumann, Philip.greenspun.com
Essentials: Photoshare/© 2005 Sangini Shah, Damien Schumann
Guidelines: Touhou Calixte
Medicines: Gary Hampton
ADF: Raimond Armengol, Touhou Calixte
Profiles: Photoshare/© 2009 Arie Basuki
Benin: Touhou Calixte
Chile: Monica Poblete
El Salvador: Francisco Castillo
Finland: Courtesy of the Finnish National Allergy Programme
Sudan: Rashid K. Khalid
Access: Jim Mullins, Photoshare/© 2003 Amelie Sow CCP
Poverty: Gary Hampton; Photoshare/© 2006 Gautam Pandey
Burden: Photoshare/© 2003 Nialah Santuah
Priority: Photoshare/© 2010 Deepak Paudel and /© 2004 Roobon, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh; Jim Mullins
Maps, References: Touhou Calixte
© 2011 Sabir Nazar
Gilles Verant, Paris
Global Health Communications Center