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News Archive

GAN centre accepted into International Immunological Association

The GAN collaborating centre in Kosovo, Kosovo Association for Immunology-Asthma and Allergy, is now member of the International Union of Immunological Societies (IUIS) and the European Federation of Immunological Societies (EFIS). The votes for the 2015 IUIS New Membership Elections concluded on July 02 2015, and the application was approved by the IUIS General Assembly.

Subsequently, the vote was ratified by the Council during its annual meeting, this year held in Medellín, Colombia on occasion of the Latin American Regional Federation’s triennial congress Immunocolombia 2015.

5th Conference of The Union Asia Pacific Region

Chair of the Global Asthma Network Professor Innes Asher presented on the Global Asthma Network at The Union Asia Pacific Region Conference in Sydney Australia. The conference was also attended by a number of GAN collaborators. The work of the Global Asthma Network was also reported in the media.

News Article | Conference website

GAN Steering Group member speaks at GARD Conference

Steering Group member Professor Luis García-Marcos spoke at the 2015 Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) General Meeting held in Lisbon, Portugal, on 3-4 July 2015. His presentation on the Global asthma Network was very well received and has generated great interest in the network.

See the GARD website for more information

EAACI - WAO

5th Conference of The Union Asia Pacific Region

31 August-2 September 2015, Sydney, Australia

Theme: Reducing the Burden of TB and Lung Disease by Increasing and Expanding Regional Partnerships
Coordinating Organisation: The Australian Respiratory Council (ARC) - www.thearc.org.au

Venue:

Hilton Sydney Hotel http://www.hiltonsydney.com.au/
Sydney, Australia

Website: www.aprunion2015.com 
Email: info@aprunion2015.com 

World Asthma Day 2015

5 May 2015

People die of asthma every day - it is time to take control

Tuesday 5 May is World Asthma Day - it is time to take control. Every day, millions of people around the world suffer distressing breathlessness and disability and many people die due to asthma. It stresses hospitals and health systems, families and workplaces, and whole economies. Asthma is a hugely neglected public health and ‘development’ problem in the world. Much of the problem can be solved by concerted global public health action.

Read more | Download pdf | The Union Press Release | NZ Opinion Piece

NCD Alliance Post 2015 Advocacy Toolkit

The NCD Alliance has launched their Advocacy Toolkit on NCDs in Post-2015 Development Agenda. This toolkit equips advocates with the information to navigate the post-2015 processes, articulate the position of NCDs and health in the post-2015 framework and take effective action. more

Health advocates lead call for TPPA transparency

Writing in the 14 February issue of The Lancet, Dr Pat Neuwelt, Senior Lecturer in public health at the University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences joins other health leaders in saying ‘new generation’ trade deals like the TPPA threaten the ability of government to deliver affordable health care, protect public health, and reduce health inequities.read more

In Memoriam of Tadd Clayton

19 August 1965 - 11 February 2015

Global Asthma Report 2014

The Global Asthma Report 2014 was officially launched at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Barcelona on 30 October 2014. This report 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.

Download report | View website | Download press release | Download Press Release Presentation | view media articles

Global burden of CRDs Series

The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Diseas has published a series of articles focusing on the Global burden of CRDs. Members of the Global Asthma Network have contributed a number of articles towards this series.

Marks G, Billo N. Chronic respiratory disease: the forgotten NCD? Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2014; 18(11):1261

Asher I, Pearce N. Global burden of asthma among children. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2014; 18(11):1269–1278.

Bissell K. Essential medicines for chronic respiratory diseases: can people breathe easily in low-income countries?. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2015; 19(1):1.

Chiang C-Y, Aït-Khaled N, Bissell K, and Enarsen DA. Management of asthma in resource-limited settings: role of lowcost corticosteroid/b-agonist combination inhaler. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2015; 19(2):129–136.

More calls for quality affordable medicines for asthma

International Paediatric Association calls for quality affordable medicines for asthma at the World Health Assembly. read more...

World Asthma Day 2014

6 May 2013

Medicines needed for all people with asthma

Asthma causes disabling symptoms in millions of people who struggle to breathe, making ordinary activities extraordinarily difficult – such as going to school, working at a job, looking after children or aging parents, running or even walking. More than 334 million people in the world suffer from asthma and the number is increasing – asthma is the world’s neglected epidemic.

Read more | Download pdf

World Asthma Day Approaches

The Global Asthma Network is counting down to World Asthma Day 6 May 2014. We encourage you to share your activities to support this important day. Let us know at what you're doing at info@globalasthmanetwork.org

GAN Steering Group member speaks at NCD Child Conference

Steering Group member Professor Luis García-Marcos spoke at the 2014 NCD Child Conference held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 20-21 March. This important conference provided an opportunity to establish and strengthen regional partnerships - with a special focus on the Caribbean - to ensure the needs of children, adolescents and youth are a priority focus within the context of NCD action and the post 2015 agenda.

See the conference website for more information

Global Asthma Network Newsletter

The first GAN newsletter is now available for download. Download Newsletter

Latest FIRS report highlights importance of research in respiratory diseases

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) has called for greater research into the origins of asthma and highlighted the lack of availability of medicines in its latest publication: Respiratory diseases in the world. Realities of Today – Opportunities for Tomorrow, an overview of 5 major respiratory diseases: COPD, asthma, acute respiratory infections, TB, and lung cancer. The publication, in partnership with the Union, emphasises prevention, treatment, and global reduction of asthma and other respiratory diseases through the use of current effective tools coupled with greater research and increasing healthcare capacity.

View report

Global burden of asthma among children

This new paper from steering Group Members I Asher and N Pearce published in the International Journal Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease presents a summary of what is known about the global burden of asthma in children. It is also the topic of the issue's editorial.
View article

NCD Child Conference Report

Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor, University of the West Indies, opening NCD Child conference said
“Society tends to block out the images of the wheezing child who is prevented from taking part in the sports the young enjoy because of asthma.”
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Global Asthma Network reaches 120 countries

Palau was the 120th country to join the Global Asthma Network. The Global Asthma Network now has 280 centres in 120 countries and the number is growing - see the Centres Page for a full list of centres in the Global Asthma Network. We welcome all new centres particularly enquiries from these countries.

Asthma Highlighted in NCD Review Meeting Opening Address

Asthma has been highlighted in the message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in opening address of UN NCD Review meeting 10 July

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GAN Chair speaks at NCD Review side meeting

Global Asthma Network Chair Professor Innes Asher spoke at the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) side meeting on the 9th of July at the UN NCD Review meeting in New York. This side event explored the integration of chronic respiratory disease, NCDs, and health across all dimensions of sustainable development.

For more information download the brochure or see the links below.

The 2014 NCD Review was called for in the UN Politication Declaration. It was the second time ever NCDs have a standalone political meeting at the UN General Assembly, and provided a critical opportunity to take stock on progress, share successes and lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, and recommendations to guide the NCD response beyond 2014.

Documents and further information pertaining to this meeting can be found on the UN, WHO and NCD Alliance websites.

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More calls for quality affordable medicines for asthma

International Paediatric Association calls for quality affordable medicines for asthma at the World Health Assembly. read more...

Global Asthma Network in the Caribbean

The Global Asthma Network has joined forces with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition following the UN NCD Review meeting in New York to increase its presence in the Caribbean read more

Global Asthma Network Chair Professor Innes Asher speaks at 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Asthma: the forgotten epidemic?

Professor Innes Asher, Global Asthma Network Chair, spoke at the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, on Saturday, 2 November 2013 at 11:30. "Shared air, safe air?" was the theme of the conference, which ran from 30 October through 3 November at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Prof Asher spoke on "Asthma - The forgotten epidemic".

View the webcast (follow the link to the webcasts then search for "Professor Innes Asher")

UK air quality expert leads off 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Prof Ross Anderson, UK air quality expert, led off the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, giving the Special Guest Lecture at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, 31 October 2013 at 17:30. "Shared air, safe air?" was the theme of the conference, which ran from 30 October through 3 November at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Prof Anderson spoke on "Air Pollution and Asthma".

View the webcast (follow the link to the webcasts then search for "Professor Ross Anderson")

Asthma medicines still unavailable and unaffordable for most in low-income countries - Global Asthma Network calls for action from the global NCD movement

The availability, pricing and affordability of three essential asthma medicines varies greatly according to a new study of 52 low-and middle-income countries.

The study, by researchers at the University of Auckland and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), was published in the journal PharmacoEconomics. It was led by Dr Zaheer Babar from the University’s School of Pharmacy and Dr Karen Bissell from The Union and the University of Auckland, School of Population Health.
Read more | Auckland University Press Release | View article

Trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines

Access to affordable medicines is threatened by the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, according to the New Zealand-based leader of the Global Asthma Network, Professor Innes Asher.
Read more | Auckland University Press Release | View article

EAACI launches the Global Atlas of Asthma

Asthma is a major public health problem affecting 300 million patients around the world. Many economic and political factors impact the efficiency of asthma prevention. Examples include poverty, poor education and infrastructure, low public health priority and a lack of solid global data on morbidity and mortality from asthma. To tackle this huge global health problem the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) has published a “Global Atlas of Asthma”.

This Atlas aims to provide a platform for strategic planning for asthma in a multifaceted way, integrating research, education and global policies. The “Global Atlas of Asthma” has been written by an international group of 80 opinion leaders in asthma including Professor Innes Asher, co-chair of the Global Asthma Network. President of the EAACI, Prof. Cezmi Akdis, states that the “Atlas” will become an essential reference source for multi- sectoral usage, covering all aspects of asthma from epidemiology, mechanisms, risk and protective factors to management, prevention and control.

The Global Atlas of Asthma was launched during the EAACI–WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress 2013, 22–26 June 2013 in Milan.
EAACI Press Release

12th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology

A Keynote lecture from Professor Innes Asher, co-chair of The Global Asthma Network, at The 12th International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology, highlights global asthma prevention and the role of the Global Asthma network

M.I. Asher. Global perspectives on asthma and allergy: Are there targets for prevention? Paediatric Respiratory Reviews 2013; 14(Suppl 2):S7-8

Landmark Papers in Allergy.

Oxford University Press has published this collection of key discoveries and advances in allergy. It contains one commentary by Prof Innes Asher, Chair of the Global Asthma Network, and includes the ISAAC key paper ‘Worldwide variation in prevalence of symptoms of asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema: ISAAC’ as one of the chosen landmark papers. View

ISAAC links damp homes and asthma

The latest ISAAC Phase Two paper shows a link between dampness in the home and impaired respiratory health in children and is a further ISAAC paper to attract editorial comment. View Editorial. | View article

Global Asthma Network Presented at World Allergy and Asthma Congress

Professor Innes Asher, Global Asthma Network Chair, was invited by the EAACI and WAO World Allergy and Asthma Congress in Milan June 2013 to speak on “The International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) – where next?” This was an opportunity to introduce the Global Asthma Network to a wider audience. read more

ISAAC Cooking Fuels paper published

This ISAAC Phase Three EQ paper, Cooking fuels and prevalence of asthma: a global analysis of phase three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), has once again attracted editorial comment in its publishing journal, Lancet Respiratory Medicine View Editorial.
Wong GWK, Brunekreef B, Ellwood P, Anderson HR, Asher MI, Crane J, Lai CKW, for the ISAAC Phase Three Study Group. Cooking fuels and prevalence of asthma: a global analysis of phase three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). Lancet Resp Med 2013; Epub ahead of Print View abstract

Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly closes with concern over new global health threat

After seven days of intense discussions, the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) concluded with agreement on a range of new public health measures and recommendations aimed at securing greater health benefits for all people, everywhere. read more...

Latest OECD Health Report Published

Information from the Global Asthma Report 2011 has been quoted in the latest OECD health report "Health at a Glance: Europe 2012" which highlights asthma and states "a number of EU actions reflect an increased focus on asthma and COPD". The report presents a set of key indicators of health status, determinants of health, health care resources and activities, quality of care, health expenditure and financing in 35 European countries, including the 27 European Union member states, 5 candidate countries and 3 EFTA countries.download the report

World Asthma Day 2013

7 May 2013

Access to medicines is key to reducing suffering from asthma

Asthma causes disabling symptoms in millions of people who struggle to breathe, making ordinary activities extraordinarily difficulty – things like going to school, working at a job, looking after children or aging parents, running or even walking. About 235 million people in the world suffer from asthma and the number is increasing – asthma is a neglected epidemic. But good asthma management can change all this.

Read more | Download pdf

The Global Asthma Network - invitation to express interest

There has been already considerable interest in centres wishing to participate in the new Global Asthma Network surveillance (view map).

Investigators who would like to express an interest in participating in a surveillance programme modelled on ISAAC Phase Three are encouraged to complete the online Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Alternatively, you may download the EOI as a word document, scan it and send to Philippa Ellwood (p.ellwood@auckland.ac.nz) or alternatively send it by fax (64 9 3737602).

The Global Asthma Network centres normally will be one centre for each city led by one Principal Investigator. It is anticipated that the majority of surveillance centres will also participate in further modules which will be developed in due course.

We welcome your involvement.

Burden of Asthma Highlighted on International Womens Day

The imortance of Asthma in womens health has been highlighted this year on International Womens Day. Professor Innes Asher, Chair of the Global Asthma Network–says “Millions of women in the world struggle to breathe because of asthma, and this affects their ability to look after their families and to stay in paid work."...read more

Lancet Highlights Neglect of Asthma among other NCDs

The latest Lancet NCD Series 2013 highlights the neglect of asthma among other NCDs(See first sentence, paragraph 2) read article.

First paper published by Global Asthma Network Steering Group

The Lancet Respiratory Medicine has published the first paper from the Global Asthma Network. This paper highlights the issue of asthma as a neglected disease and states why it cannot be ignored in the global NCD agenda. Read Article.

ISAAC Diet paper attracts worldwide attention

The latest ISAAC EQ (Environmental Questionnaire) paper has shown that asthma rhinitis and eczema may be linked to consumption of fast food. The paper has been reported by media agencies around the world such as Al Jazeera (below).
View press release | view article | view media reports

UN agrees resolution on Universal Health Coverage

Taking a remarkable and very positive step forward to address global health, UN Member States unanimously agreed a resolution in December 2012 reiterating the importance of universal health coverage (UHC).

This annual global health and foreign policy resolution affirms the importance of UHC in improving the health and wellbeing of all citizens, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable. It reiterates the links between heath and development, and encourages Member States to advance the strengthening of their national health systems through UHC. The full text of the resolution can be found here, along with the summary of the discussion in the GA.

WHO releases Asthma management guidelines

Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: guidelines for primary health care in low resource settings.

These guidelines aim to provide evidence based recommendations on diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes and management of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary health care in low-resource settings.It recommends a set of basic interventions for physicians and health workers.

The main objectives are to reduce avoidable death and morbidity related to these conditions and to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings where management facilities are limited in terms of availability of diagnostic facilities and medicines.

Download Guidelines

Global Asthma Report

The Global Asthma Report highlights issues surrounding asthma, and provides an overview of what is known and uncertain about the causes and triggers of the disease, the global prevalence, the implementation of management guidelines, the progress being made and the significant challenges today and for the future.

Download report | View website | Download press release | Download UN Summit Presentation