USA: Johnson Controls has partnered with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to support asthma sufferers by raising awareness of the connection between indoor air quality and health.
As many as 25 million Americans suffer from asthma. It is one of the country’s most common and costly diseases, affecting about 8% of adults and 7% of children. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed with a combination of asthma medication treatments and by reducing or avoiding exposure to things that can trigger asthma attacks. Healthy indoor environments are a key part of asthma management.
“While important for everyone, well-managed indoor environments are critical for the health and well-being of the asthma and allergy community,” said Ganesh Ramaswamy, president of Global Services at Johnson Controls.
“We appreciate that Johnson Controls understands that clean, healthy air in indoor environments is one of the most important ways to reduce and prevent asthma attacks and allergy symptoms,” said said Kenneth Mendez, AAFA’s CEO and president. “We are grateful for the support provided by Johnson Controls to help AAFA with our programmatic work, especially in schools.”
Initial work between Johnson Controls and AAFA will include supporting the asthma and allergy community, collaborating on patient education and awareness as well as advocacy and public policy initiatives – including those to improve air quality in schools.