This year’s theme is focused on raising awareness about current gaps in care.
This year, the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has chosen “Closing Gaps in Asthma Care” as the World Asthma Day theme. Through this theme, the organization hopes to raise awareness of the current gaps in care, including equal access to diagnosis and treatment, care for differing socioeconomic, ethnic, and age groups, and communication and care across primary, secondary, and tertiary care providers, among others.1
To achieve these objectives, GINA hosts a library of regularly updated and evidence-based strategy documents.2 However, “implementing recommendations based on scientific evidence is challenging,” an organizational press released noted. “Not all local solutions are applicable globally, and similarly, global recommendations may not be applicable locally.”
The challenge posed by this year’s theme, the organization said, is “for international respiratory communities to work together to identify and close the gaps in asthma care, and to help implement and share innovative solutions.”
Other organizations, including the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) and the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), are also calling on international respiratory communities “to work together with colleagues, patients, communities, and health care providers to close the gaps in asthma care.”3
To learn more about World Asthma Day and how to participate, visit https://ginasthma.org/world-asthma-day-2022/.