Notice to All PCCP Members:
RMC 32-2014 extending the period within which to submit the affidavit of service fees and official appointment books under RR 4-2014, from May 6, 2014 to May 31, 2014
May 6, 2014 – World Asthma Day 2014, organized and sponsored by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), will be held on May 6, 2014 as a partnership between health care groups and asthma educators to raise awareness about asthma and improve asthma care throughout the world. GINA is proud to be a collaborator with the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)1 which will be working with multiple groups to organize and conduct World Asthma Day activities.
On World Asthma Day, GINA will launch a new edition of its Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention, a comprehensive and practical resource about one of the most common chronic lung diseases worldwide. The first major revision of this document in eight years builds on a strong existing evidence base, and provides an integrated approach to diagnosing, assessing and managing asthma that spans all ages and can be adapted to national and local needs. The report is presented as an easy-to-use resource for managing problems that health professionals encounter every day across a wide range of health systems.
“The new report reflects the latest science concerning the nature of asthma, an expanding interest in individualized health care, and greater awareness of the need for clinical recommendations to be feasible for implementation in clinical practice,” says Dr. Helen Reddel, Clinical Associate Professor at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, Australia. “This is a real time of transition in our understanding of chronic airways disease and how to manage it to improve outcomes for the patient.” As Chair of the GINA Science Committee, Dr. Reddel led the international group of asthma experts that produced the new report.
The report is being released on World Asthma Day, an annual awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday in May and organized by GINA. Dozens of events around the world will take place today around the theme “You Can Control Your Asthma.”
“As the prevalence of asthma increases in many countries around the globe, we need a practical strategy for translating scientific knowledge into improvements in patient care,” says Dr. Mark FitzGerald, Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and Chair of the GINA Board of Directors. “That strategy is what GINA aims to provide.”
Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide 2. It is characterized by recurrent difficulties with breathing, including symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma symptoms vary over time, and also from individual to individual.
Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be treated and controlled. Good asthma control means no, or very minimal, symptoms, and a low risk of asthma attacks or other poor outcomes. A person whose asthma is under good control can go to work or school, exercise, and participate fully in life.
“It has become clear in recent years that asthma control really has two components,” says Dr. Reddel. “Symptom control is crucial to reduce the burden of asthma in patients’ daily lives. But health care workers also must evaluate and minimize any risks that individual patients may have for poor outcomes like severe asthma flare-ups, side effects from treatment, or permanent airway damage.”
GINA was launched in 1993 to work with healthcare professionals and public health officials around the world to reduce the burden of asthma. The Global Strategy for Asthma Management and Prevention is available at www.ginasthma.org.
In behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude for the trust, confidence and cooperation you have extended to us in representing and leading our College this past year. Your Board and the leadership of the College have been committed to the College’s interests. It has been my privilege to be witness to the resiliency of the human spirit, dedication and above all, the spirit of volunteerism…
PCCP endorsed to the FDA, its support in upholding the Mexico City Principles, which serves as a guide for the ethical conduct and interaction between the healthcare sector and the biopharmaceutical industry to ensure that medical decisions are made in the best interests of the patients. We are in agreement that the ethical principles among doctors and the pharmaceutical industry have to be safeguarded and constantly reminded and practiced to maintain integrity in our profession. As a College, we uphold these principles and ensure that our members are constantly guided with the ever-changing landscape of the industry.
(Taken from the Consensus Document: Summary of the PCCP Clinical Practice Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of COPD 2014)
The APSR has been historically weighting the importance of education for respiratory field to both local researchers and sometimes the public in Asian Pacific region. As the name ESAP; Educational Seminar of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology indicates, the purpose is to improve and disseminate contemporary state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in the study and practice of respiratory medicine in the region by inviting the top class specialists from various respiratory fields, and organizing educational seminars.
I am very much delighted that ESAP Manila will be held at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria Hotel in Quezon City, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines at 6-7 August 2014 to be hosted by the Philippine College of Chest Physicians; PCCP, one of our en bloc member societies we are closely working with. The theme of the ESAP; “State of the Art Pulmonology: Convergence of Practice” highlights the rapid advances in this field and the need for proper collaboration among different disciplines which deal with various respiratory ailments. The PCCP and the APSR are confident that all of participants would be satisfied with scientific programme of the ESAP.
On behalf of the PCCP and the APSR, I look forward to your attendance at the ESAP Manila.