The Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) is the national charity dedicated to empowering Ireland's 470,000 people with asthma to take control of their asthma by providing them and their families with information, education, services and support. We are focused on representing people with asthma and working to improve their health outcomes.
We will continue to actively engage with the general public, healthcare professionals, the government, third party organisations and other stakeholders to keep asthma high on the agenda with policy makers and politicians and in the public consciousness. We will advocate on behalf of people with asthma to ensure that they receive the best possible care, treatment, information and support.
Despite its extensive prevalence in the community, asthma remains, in many ways a forgotten disease despite its social, economic and personal impacts. It has had a low priority when compared with some other chronic and serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers. But there is a National Asthma Programme, approved in 2011, so our priority is and will be to advocate for its full implementation - which at a time of economic difficulties is extremely challenging.
We will continue to push for better services and care management and for initiatives at a national level to address the high cost of asthma care for people with asthma and their families.