Global Asthma Report highlights need to address disease affecting up to 334 million people

Innes Asher30 October 2014 – Today, the Global Asthma Network (GAN) presented the 2014 Global Asthma Report, supported by funding from The Union. The report was introduced by Professor Innes Asher, Chair of GAN, at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health. Prof. Asher was joined at the presentation by Prof. Guy Marks and Dr. Chiang Chen-Yuan of the GAN Steering Group, and Dr. Simon Shaaf and Sara Hassanain.

The report outlined a number of key issues around the asthma situation globally:

  • In the Global Asthma Report 2014, the GAN has brought together an up-to-date overview of the key issues regarding asthma globally.
  • Asthma is a hugely neglected public health and ‘development’ problem in the world which could be solved
  • Asthma is a common chronic non-communicable disease that affects as many as 334 million people.
  • Asthma is a particularly serious burden in low- and middle-income countries least able to afford the costs.
  • While our knowledge has increased, the remaining gaps in the data are significant. New surveys are needed to update asthma trends, assess the burden of asthma and access to effective management.
  • Political commitment and action are required urgently
  • Asthma medicines need to be affordable and available to all people with asthma

The report also provided recommendations to the World Health Organisation, governments, health authorities and health professionals.

A copy of the report is available at www.globalasthmareport.org.