Awareness raised on asthma

2019-04-17 06:01

World Asthma Day 2019 will take place on 7 May under the theme “Stop for Asthma”.

This awareness-raising campaign is run by the Global Initiative for Asthma (Gina) and is locally organised by the National Asthma Education Programme (NAEP).

This year’s programme is focused on educating learners and students on asthma and encouraging people to share their stories, make pledges and intensify awareness.

South Africa is currently fourth in the world, and first in Africa, in terms of asthma fatalities. According to the 2014 Global Asthma Report, 1,5% of South Africans die from this preventable disease annually.

According to a recent report by Gina, the highest death rate in South Africa related to asthma is among five-year-olds to 35-year-olds.

In 2016, a 20-year-old Rhodes University student lost her life to an asthma attack.

It was this student’s death that prompted the founding of the LJS Foundation, formed by her parents, to raise awareness about asthma and to improve the lives of dis­advantaged children and people in disadvantaged communities living with this condition.

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