What is World Asthma Day all about?
World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma with the goal to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
An important component of this campaign is to raise awareness around the health issues that asthma sufferers deal with on a daily basis.
According to World Health Organization estimates, 300 million people suffer from asthma and it is the most common chronic disease among children.
WHO also notes that asthma affects people in all countries around the world regardless of development, although statistics do reveal that most deaths occur in lower income regions.
According to the Global Asthma Report it is estimated that about 300 people in every million South Africans died from asthma every year from 2001 to 2010. South Africa currently experiences the fourth most asthma related deaths in the world.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease of the air passages (or bronchial) that lead to and from the lungs which makes breathing extremely difficult.
There is usually inflammation which results in a temporary narrowing of the passages that carry oxygen to the lungs.
How did the Cipla Foundation get involved?
World Asthma Day was on the 2nd May 2017.
To help raise awareness for Asthma our team, along with Cape Talk’s Pippa Hudson, visited our Early Childhood Development Centre in Gugulethu, Cape Town which is run by Mama Martha.
We hosted a workshop on Asthma with Mama Martha and her teachers and enjoyed some time with the children from the centre. The purpose was to educate and inspire, but also to ensure that the children could enjoy the activities thus learning about how this chronic disease can be dealt with whilst having fun too.
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