A thematic collection by: Sarah Rylance

GARD collection: Asthma Education Empowers

This collection shares resources developed by WHO and members of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD).



The theme for World Asthma Day 2024 is Asthma Education Empowers.  

Asthma is a major cause of death and disability worldwide, affecting 262 million people.

Asthma education is a key element of asthma management, essential to empower patients and their families to understand and adhere to effective treatment.

Common topics include:

  • What is asthma - what is happening in the lungs and what are the symptoms?
  • How to use asthma medicines correctly
  • How to reduce exposure to common asthma triggers, such as tobacco smoke and air pollution
  • How to assess asthma control and manage their condition when symptoms worsen

Empowering people living with asthma to self-manage their condition can:

  • Improve adherence to medicines among people living with asthma
  • Reduce asthma-related emergency care visits and hospitalization
  • Reduce health care costs
  • Reduce asthma-related absence from school and work


For more resources, events and news items relating to asthma, please take a look at the GARD community

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