Observed every year on the first Tuesday of May, World Asthma Day is an initiative to provide a common platform to researchers, pharmacists, pulmonologists and others to collectively participate and take required actions to address the rising prevalence of asthma in the world. It is an inflammatory disease that creates difficulty in breathing by producing extra mucus and making the airways narrow.Also Read - Breastfeeding: The Best Way to Prevent Asthma And Allergies in Infants

History of World Asthma Day

World asthma Day was observed for the first time in 1998. It was an initiative taken by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), which is a medical guidelines organisation established in 1993. Back then, 35 countries were involved in this global awareness programme. Also Read - Asthma: These Home Remedies Can be of Good Help

Significance of World Asthma Day

Approximately 1000 people globally die every day owing to asthma, says a Global Asthma Report 2018. Also, this lung disorder affects around 339 million individuals every year. The disease remains undiagnosed and untreated in most of the kids and that leads to their death. According to the WHO, this chronic ailment is more common in low and lower-middle income countries. The prevalence of asthma is increasing day by day and the figures are daunting enough to take necessary actions and call for mass awareness programmes worldwide. Also Read - Beware! Flavoured E-cigarettes Can Worsen Severity of Asthma

Themes of The World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day is observed with a theme to focus on a particular factor and work towards it for the entire year. This year’s theme for the World Asthma Day has not been declared yet. Here we tell you about previous themes of the day.

2000 : Everyone normal breathing

2001: Unite to overcome asthma

2002: Understanding asthma

2003: Reducing the asthma burden

2004: Emphasis on asthma, reduce the burden of asthma

2005 and 2006: The Unmet Needs of Asthma

2007-2015: You Can Control Your Asthma (The sub-theme in 2015 was It’s Time to Control Asthma

2016: You Can Control Your Asthma

2017: Allergy And Asthma

2018: Better Air Better Breathing

2019: STOP For Asthma