World Asthma Day (03/05)

World Asthma Day is an annual event held on the first Tuesday of May under the auspices of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and supported by the World Health Organization (WHO). For the first time this Day was held in 1998 in 35 countries and was timed to coincide with the World Forum on Bronchial Asthma. Every year the number of participating countries increases.

The main goal of the event is to draw public attention to the problem of the increase in the incidence of asthma, to improve the quality of care for asthmatics and people's awareness of this disease.

Asthma means "heavy breathing" in Greek. Hippocrates is considered the author of this term, and in his writings in the section “On Internal Sufferings” there are indications that asthma is spastic in nature, the causes of suffocation are dampness and cold. For many centuries, scientists have tried to study this disease and its causes. In the 20th century, it was found that the cause of asthma is an allergic reaction, a local inflammation of the bronchi in response to an external stimulus (chemical, biological, physical).