Asthma is a disease that affects more than 150 million people around the world and more than 20 million people in the United States. Given these statistics, it's readily apparent that the need for research and the development of new medications and treatment techniques remains quite high. However, a huge amount of progress has been made, and both the progress made and the advancements needed are tied to one phenomenon – awareness.
Awareness is a necessary component of any disease, as it's basically what helps fund this research and development, both in the form of private contributions and public resources that are doled out by governments. Below is a brief look at a few examples of asthma awareness as it exists in the United States.
Asthma Awareness Month
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has undertaken the task of helping to publicize the month of May as Asthma Awareness Month. The EPA invites people across the country to hold fundraisers either in their homes or in the form of organized events, all of which are designed to raise funds for research.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
The AAFA is also quite active in promoting asthma awareness, offering online resources designed to connect people to existing collective efforts and inviting them to get involved on an individual level. The AAFA is a non-profit organization that also solicits funding for research and awareness efforts in its own right.
Asthma Action America
Asthma Action America is another non-profit organization, and its purpose is to publicize and to offer help with educational materials and curricula designed to promote the teaching of asthma basics on all levels of education. The overriding goal is to help many understand the basic ease but simultaneous critical importance of ongoing asthma management.
The American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is deeply involved in asthma awareness. Not only does it offer an entire asthma portal on its site, but it also helps to promote the annual Asthma Walk, which is also designed to raise funds dedicated to research and publicity surrounding the disease.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is a subsidiary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and its main function is providing curricula that centers on asthma for children and students of all ages.
As you see, the awareness effort is out there. However, it's never enough until a cure can be found, so get involved today to join the fight and add to the tremendous progress already made.