Asthma and Children

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children, and there is consistent evidence from middle- and low-income countries that the prevalence of childhood asthma is increasing, especially in urban settings. The Union participated in the studies that provide the evidence, such as the massive International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Children (ISAAC) study, This rise in asthma brings new challenges for case management, since treatment options with known efficacy are often unavailable. It also brings challenges for health worker training around diagnosis and optimal therapeutic options. There is also evidence that the greatest risk of asthma-related mortality in children is among the poorest children.

For more information, please visit the Global Asthma Network: www.globalasthmanetwork.org