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Asthma Canada
Reception at Queen's Park for World Asthma Day
Severe Asthma Patient Charter

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 disease.

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.


Last Updated: Monday, 06 May 2019 13:52:05 PM EST

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