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  • The Global Asthma Network strives for a world where no-one suffers from asthma

  • The Global Asthma Network is the asthma surveillance hub for the world

  • The Global Asthma Network researches ways of reducing the burden of asthma

  • The Global Asthma Network promotes access to appropriate asthma management

  • The Global Asthma Network stimulates and encourages capacity building in LMICs

  • The Global Asthma Network strives to ensure access to quality-assured essential asthma medications

  • The Global Asthma Network raises the profile of asthma as a major NCD

Press Releases

World Asthma Day 2016

3 May 2016

You can control your asthma

Almost 1000 people die from asthma each day – far more than most people realise. The tragedy is that most of these deaths are potentially preventable.

Deaths from asthma are the tip of the iceberg of poor asthma control – asthma is a serious chronic disease, causing widespread disability and suffering at all ages. The effects on people with asthma and their families are bad enough, and the resultant loss of productivity results in huge costs to society; US$56 billion/year in the US alone. Bringing asthma symptoms under control requires solutions at global, national, local, community, family and individual levels.

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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

Global Asthma Report 2014

24 October 2014

Auckland leads global asthma fight

A new global campaign to combat asthma is being led from Auckland.

Professor Innes Asher, head of Paediatrics at the University of Auckland is the Chair of the Global Asthma Network.

This week, Professor Asher and her colleagues around the world, will launch the Global Asthma Report 2014, a cutting edge overview of issues about asthma globally.

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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 – things like going to school, working at a job, running or even walking. About 334 million people in the world suffer from asthma and the number is increasing – asthma is the worlds neglected epidemic. But good asthma management can change all this.

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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.
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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.
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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 difficult – 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.

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Global network to target asthma

A world without asthma is the ultimate vision of the Global Asthma Network (GAN), launched last week in Auckland, New Zealand. The new network brings together two key players in the international fight against asthma: the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC), led from The University of Auckland, and The Union.

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First global target on non-communicable diseases

NCD Alliance - First global target on non-communicable diseases demands a reduction in preventable deaths by 25% by 2025.
First Global Target on NCDs

The Union World Asthma Day 2012 Press Release

2012 World Asthma Day : Asthma is a neglected priority in low-income countries The Union urges the international community and countries to fund asthma control.
The Union 2012 World Asthma Day Press Release

Global Asthma Report 2011 Press Release

Global Asthma Report 2011 shows the tools to manage asthma exist but are not reaching many of the 235 million people affected.
Global Asthma Report 2011 Press Release