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The Asthma Society of Ireland is a national voluntary association of people with asthma, their parents, medical personnel and all those with an interest in the condition.
The Asthma Society's vision is for Ireland to take a leading role in Europe by developing an integrated public health approach to asthma management, delivering evidence based care; enabling patients to enjoy optimal asthma control and quality of life. The Asthma Society of Ireland's mission is to optimise asthma control through support, education, effecting change and research. GSK has worked with the Asthma Society of Ireland for over ten years. In 2011, GSK provided the Asthma Society of Ireland with a grant of €10,000 as core funding, a grant of €3,000 to support the production of educational materials, and a project grant of €10,000 to support pharmacy asthma awareness days run by the Asthma Society’s nurse team. GSK’s funding represents 1.8% of the overall income of the Asthma Society of Ireland.
In 2006, Dyson and the Asthma Society of Ireland joined forces as research partners to tackle the growing problem of asthma in Ireland and to increase awareness about asthma and allergies whilst raising funds for the organisation.
To launch the partnership the Asthma Society of Ireland, in conjunction with its research partner Dyson carried out a number of activities which included a series of Asthma information days. This initiative was introduced to help address the problem of Asthma in Ireland. Asthma Clinics were set-up around the country in leading Dyson retail outlets to offer members of the public information on Asthma. Qualified respiratory nurses were on hand to answer questions about asthma, and learn more about how to reduce the risk of allergens in the home. This proved a huge success country wide.
In addition to the Asthma Clinics, the Asthma Society of Ireland also launched the follow-up Irish ISAAC Research Study (based on the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood protocol) 2006-7. The aim of this ISAAC study was to obtain ongoing knowledge of the growing prevalence and seriousness of asthma and allergies in children in Ireland. The ASI carried out this study in over 35 of secondary schools throughout the Republic of Ireland in a similar fashion to that of previous studies. In addition, dust samples from the school classrooms were analysed for allergens such as house dust mites and moulds. The study, partly funded by Dyson through a series of joint promotions with the Asthma Society, gained insight into the role of allergen exposure in the school environment, where children spend between 25-30% of their day. Dyson provided access to their research facilities and scientific expertise to analyse the dust for allergens which was conducted in the Dyson micro-biology lab at the Dyson HQ in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
In 2007 Dyson and the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) stepped up their campaign to tackle the problem of asthma in Ireland. Together, Dyson and the ASI, designed a campaign to further raise awareness of asthma and allergies in Ireland whilst raising funds for research.
Dyson introduced the Dyson DC19 Allergy model which helps to remove pollen and dust mites - some of the main causes of allergies in the home. Dyson also gave a free Home Cleaning Kit* to every one who bought the new model over the promotional period. Such is Dyson's commitment to the ASI, the machine helped to raise funds, by donating €10 to the charity for every one sold.
Dyson's patented cyclone technology means the DC19 Allergy retains even the finest dust particles. A HEPA filter with bacteria killing screen traps bacteria and mould is stopped dead in its tracks. The DC19 Allergy also comes with a Flat OutTM tool that's thin enough to fit under low furniture. So it's easier to reach under sofas and beds to get rid of those fluffballs and the allergy sufferer's arch enemy; the dust mite.
In 2009 Dyson and the ASI once again ran a campaign that engaged the consumer and increased the awareness of Asthma in Ireland. Proceeds from every Dyson DC19 Allergy and DC20 Stowaway Allergy sold were donated to the Asthma Society of Ireland. This promotion commenced on World Asthma Day (6th May 2008) and ran until the end of the month. In conjunction with this Dyson for the first time sponsored the national pollen count from May to July 2008.The irishhealth.com pollen and airborne allergen forecasts use data provided by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit's network. These forecasts can assist people who suffer from asthma and allergic rhinitis to plan their activities. The forecasting service provides an index of the risk of being affected by airborne allergic pollens.
In 2010 Dyson Sponsored the World Asthma Day fundraising and awareness campaign "Cupcakes for Asthma" which included the sponsorship of a "Cupcakes for Asthma" Facebook appliction.
The Asthma Society of Ireland and Dyson are currently discussing plans for working together again in 2011 to continue raising awareness and funds for the Society
Merck Sharp & Dohme Ireland (Human Health) Ltd. is committed to partnering with third party groups such as the Asthma Society of Ireland to achieve common goals such as providing balanced information, advice and support for patients. The company's support to the ASI has delivered some extremely successful and innovative campaigns over the last few years.
In 2009 MSD provided an unrestricted educational grant to support printing of asthma educational booklets.
In 2008 MSD provided an unrestricted educational grant to support research initiatives and attendance at an international conference.
One of Ireland's oldest companies, Malones produce a wide range of cleaning products made with natural ingredients.
Traditionally known for their scented, lavender wax polishes, the range now includes Malones Natural Wooden Floor Cleaners, with essential oils of Lavender, for all types of wooden floors and surfaces. Malones Natural Antibacterial Household Cleaner, a gentle all purpose cleaner for use all around the home and Malones new Leather Care polish spray , a natural, first to market alternative to aerosol polish. Lavender scented with soothing essential oils it is ideal for leather furniture, as well as leather shoes and bags. Malones products are gentle and effective and being kinder to the environment may be more suitable for people with asthma and the many people who are sensitive to harsh cleaning products.
For more information go to www.malonesofdublin.ie
Mundipharma Pharmaceuticals Ltd are committed to improving the health and quality of life of people in Ireland.
We are leaders in pain management and are building a growing presence in the oncology and respiratory markets.
We partner with patient groups and other third party organisations to provide sustainable support that generates awareness and delivers meaningful benefits to patient lives.
Mundipharma are delighted to be able to provide an unrestricted educational grant to the Asthma Society of Ireland to allow them to create an online educational platform for Health Care Professionals to encourage research based management and treatment of Asthma in Ireland.
Patient groups play a crucial role by safeguarding the rights of patients.
Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland are proud partners of The Asthma Society of Ireland and working with patient organisations like the Asthma Society of Ireland enables us to better understand unmet patient needs.
In 2011 Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland contributed an unrestricted grant of €5,000 to the Asthma Society of Ireland towards the Asthma Friendly Garden at the Bloom Festival.