About WAD



What is World Asthma Day?

World Asthma Day is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) in collaboration with health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world


Each year GINA chooses a theme and organizes preparation and distribution of World Asthma Day materials and resources. World Asthma Day activities are organized in each country by health care professionals, educators, and members of the public who want to help reduce the burden of asthma.


The first World Asthma Day, in 1998, was celebrated in more than 35 countries in conjunction with the first World Asthma Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain. Participation has increased with each World Asthma Day held since then, and the day has become one of the world's most important asthma awareness and education events.


World Asthma Day 2013

World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. World Asthma Day 2013 will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and the theme will continue to be "You Can Control Your Asthma." However, this year GINA will also introduce a sub-theme, "It's Time to Control Asthma." We encourage activity organizers around the world to complete the sentence, "It's Time to..." as relevant to their event and target audience.


Mark your calendar!

World Asthma Day takes place each year on the first Tuesday in May.


WAD History

Read about the  activities of past World Asthma Days centered around the theme "You Can Control Your Asthma."



Related information

An archive of press releases and background materials from past World Asthma Days and related events.


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