The charity Asthma UK is launching two new booklets to help people in South Asian communities to control their asthma more effectively. One is for adults and the other is to help parents to manage their child's asthma. There are over 200 emergency admissions for asthma every day in the UK, and people in South Asian communities are three times more likely than white people to be admitted to hospital for this condition. One in six people who have received emergency treatment for an asthma attack need emergency treatment again within two weeks. Of all emergency hospital admissions for asthma, 75% are avoidable, and Asthma UK's new multi-lingual booklets After Your Asthma Attack and After Your Child's Asthma Attack aim to overcome the language barriers to good asthma care. They include a section to be filled in together by the doctor or asthma nurse and the patient. The booklets are in English and Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali and Gujarati, and will be distributed across the UK to doctors and nurses working in areas with large South Asian populations. Asthma UK's Asthma Attack Card, which people can carry with them to remind them what to do in case of an attack, is now available in a similar multilingual version.
Asthma UK hopes that the materials will improve people's ability to control their asthma, enabling them to avoid emergency admissions.
For further information and to order copies, visit the Asthma UK website at www.asthma.org.uk or call the Supporter Information Team on 08456 63 81 43.