Register for Free World Asthma Day Activity Packs


Posted: 15 March 2019
Notice reference #: 1H9sBs

One in 7 children (133,000) have asthma in New Zealand. It’s also estimated that 586,000 school days are lost each year due to asthma related symptoms in children.    

7 May is World Asthma Day and is celebrated around the world to raise the profile and continued education of asthma. A fun and engaging campaign for schools to celebrate World Asthma Day will be run by Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ (ARFNZ).

Letitia O’Dwyer, Chief Executive of ARFNZ comments, "Statistics show there will be at least 4 children in a class of 30 students who have asthma, so we know this is a very important topic. We are currently providing free activity packs for schools with a focus on asthma emergency awareness – encouraging students to learn what to do in an asthma emergency and asking schools to check their asthma emergency kit is up-to-date. Making these preparations in advance could very well save lives."

The packs are available to all early childhood education centres, primary schools, intermediate schools and secondary schools that register before 8 April.

For more information call (0800) 100 506; email

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