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The Asthma Society of Ireland has a clearly defined role in providing support services for people living with asthma. With over 470,000 people living with asthma in this country alone, we actively engage with the general public, healthcare professionals, the government, third party organisations and other stakeholders to keep asthma high on the agenda.
In 2007, the Asthma Society of Ireland agreed their five year strategy statement to span the years 2008 - 2011. During the process, six action areas which will help to achieve our overall goals of optimal asthma control in Ireland were identified as follows:
The Asthma Society of Ireland has already made significant progress in implementing this strategy. However, we look forward to the continuing evolution towards our mission to reach optimal asthma control in Ireland. Within the healthcare environment, the Asthma Society of Ireland is encouraged by the fundamental purpose of the Health Service Executive - "to enable people to live healthier and more fulfilled lives." As the HSE Transformation Programme (2007 - 2010) gathers momentum there are clear opportunities for delivery of world class asthma care through the programmes prioritising primary, community & continuing care and prevention & management of chronic disease. Implementation of international best practice models of asthma management will significantly improve the quality of life of asthma patients. For the HSE, who must operate with limited resources, these models demonstrate value for money. The functions of the Asthma Society of Ireland falls under four strategic pillars:
- Patient Services
- Effecting Change