Toronto, ON - On May 7th, World Asthma Day 2019, Asthma Canada will be hosting an
advocacy reception at Queen's Park to educate elected officials from all parties
about the impact of asthma and Severe Asthma on our patient population, our health
system, and our economy.
"We will be at Queen's Park to share first-hand experiences of living with, caring
for and advocating on behalf of people with asthma and Severe Asthma," said Vanessa
Foran, President & CEO, Asthma Canada. "We want to ensure that the health system
transformation assumes a patient-centric approach."
Asthma Canada will also be launching a Severe Asthma patient charter which aims
to improve patient care in Severe Asthma. It highlights six driving principles which
set out to define what patients should expect for the management of their Severe
Asthma and what should constitute a basic standard of care, in line with the latest
science and best practice understanding from existing Severe Asthma care services.
Currently, more than 3.8 million Canadians live with asthma, 2 million of whom are
Ontarians, including 1 in 4 children. In addition, it is estimated that approximately
200,000 Ontarians live with Severe Asthma. Severe Asthma is a subtype of the disease
which is difficult to treat and control and is marked by frequent life-threatening
attacks and significantly higher healthcare costs.
A great deal can be done to improve the health outcomes for people living with asthma
including increased use of proper diagnostics, encouraging the use of asthma action
plans, and encouraging and publicly funding vaccinations for influenza and pneumococcal
About Asthma Canada
Asthma Canada is a national organization that provides evidence-based, age-appropriate
asthma information, education, management tools and support programs for Canadians
with asthma. Our vision is a future without asthma. More information about Asthma
Canada is available at www.asthma.ca.