A special feature of World Asthma Day 2000 will be the WebVention,
an Internet convention. Commencing at 0900 in New Zealand, and
ending in Hawaii 30 hours later, the WebVention will truly
be an international and educational event.
The World Asthma Day 2000 WebVention event will be
available on the WebVention Web Site (www.webvention.org) and through links on the GINA Web Site (www.ginasthma.com). To ensure access, and easy connection, to WebVention it is important to register participation as early as
possible--this can be done on either the GINA or WebVention sites.
Participants can choose to attend asthma education
lectures, chat rooms, and discussions with asthma experts that
will be conducted in multiple languages. They will also be able
to view live and previously recorded video events
such as symposia, scientific animation, and the World Asthma Day
2000 press conference from London, England. In addition,
participants can learn more about asthma from educational
materials that have been developed by experts for asthmatics of
all ages and in all stages of their disease. Many of these
materials will be available for downloading during the event.
Although asthma is a chronic lung disease that affects males
and females, children and adults, of all ethnic backgrounds,
scientific and medical achievements in the past several years
make it possible to effectively control this disease. However, it
has been well established that an effective management program
requires an active partnership between the patient, their
families, and their health care provider.
During the World Asthma Day 2000 WebVention event,
patients and their families will learn the important steps toward
an effective asthma management program; health care professionals
will learn how these programs are being developed, implemented
and evaluated in multiple health care settings; and health care
planners will share important tools and concepts they have used
to develop effective programs.
The World Asthma Day 2000WebVention has been designed
to provide information and materials on a country, regional, and
global basis, which will provide attendees with the
richest possible experience. It features an opportunity for
individuals to ask questions of medical and scientific experts as
well as the sharing of experiences about living with asthma with
fellow patients and their families.
Upon completion of the World Asthma Day 2000 WebVention,
GINA will evaluate the success of the event and capture the best
features for further development. It is anticipated that use of
the Internet will represent a unique opportunity to rapidly
transfer important new medical advances, and to assure the best
care and treatment of those who suffer from this chronic lung
For further information about the Webvention event, please contact Tim Day
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Larry Grouse (email@example.com).