World Asthma Day (WAD) - 1st Tuesday of May

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World Asthma Day is observed annually on the 1st Tuesday of May to raise awareness of Asthma, a prevalent chronic non-communicable disease affecting both children and adults.

An Overview of the News

  • World Asthma Day (WAD) 2024 was observed on May 7th, 2024.

  • The annual observance is led by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).

  • The theme for World Asthma Day (WAD) 2024 is "Asthma Education Empowers."

Background of World Asthma Day:

  • The first World Asthma Day was observed by GINA in 1998.

  • It coincided with the first World Asthma Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, which saw participation from over 35 countries.

About GINA:

  • GINA was launched in 1993 in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, United States of America (USA), and WHO.

  • MD and Chair: Arzu Yorgancioglu (Türkiye).

  • Headquarters: Wisconsin, United States of America (USA).

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