World Asthma Day 2024: History, Theme, Significance 

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World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day (WAD) is an annually observed healthcare event, organized by the Global Initiative for for Asthma (GINA). It is observed on the first Tuesday of May every year. This year, the world will unite to celebrate this day on May 7 2024. Moreover, the day aims to raise awareness about Asthma and its treatment. It is a common disease which affects your lungs and is characterized by wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness. In this blog, we will learn about the history, theme, significance, and how to celebrate this day.

Name of the dayWorld Asthma Day
Observed onMay 7
Reason To raise awareness about asthma and educate general public about its care and support.
Theme Asthma Education Empowers

History of World Asthma Day

  • World Asthma Day was established in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
  • By 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized asthma as a major public health concern. Estimates suggest that asthma affects at least 14% of children every year. 
  • WHO estimated that Asthma affected around 262 million people in 2019 and caused 4,55,000 deaths. 

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What is the Theme of World Asthma Day in 2024?

In 2024, the theme of World Asthma Day is, “Asthma Education Empowers”. This theme highlights the importance of spreading awareness and educating people about asthma to help them treat it effectively.

Here are the previous years’ themes of this day:

Year Theme 
2023Asthma Care for All
2022Closing Gaps in Asthma Care
2021Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions
2020Enough Asthma Deaths
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What is the Significance of World Asthma Day?

This day holds great significance for numerous reasons such as:

  • It raises awareness about asthma, a respiratory disease that affects thousands of people worldwide.
  • By encouraging open discussion about asthma, the day helps reduce stigma and motivates people to seek treatment.
  • The day also empowers people to educate themselves about asthma, its common causes, symptoms, and treatment. 

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What to do on World Asthma Day?

Here are a few World Asthma Day activities you can try this year:

  • Conduct a survey in your neighbourhood to assess how many people are affected by the Asthma disease. 
  • Set up signs of “no-smoking” or “quit smoking” in your workplace to encourage people to adopt healthy habits. 
  • Organize nature walks with your friends and family.
  • Post on social media platforms to raise awareness about this day and asthma. 

5 Quotes on World Asthma Day

Breathe freely, and live easily.

Breathing should be easy, let’s fight Asthma together. 

Asthma cannot hold us back from living freely. Let’s raise awareness together!

Take control of your asthma today: don’t let it control you.

Nothing matters if breathing is difficult. Take better care of your lungs. 

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Why is World Asthma Day celebrated?

It is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May to spread awareness about Asthma and how it affects thousands of people every year. 

Who created World Asthma Day?

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) started this day in 1993. 

When is World Asthma Day?

It is celebrated every year on the first Tuesday of May. In 2024, it will be observed on May 7 2024. 

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