Download the full report here: Asthma And Respiratory Foundation Nz Annual Report 2021

"This past year has seen the Foundation deliver on key strategic areas despite COVID-19 interruptions. Our Board were able to meet regularly and monitor strategic outcomes, with excellent reporting from the Foundation’s Chief Executive Letitia Harding and the team.

Letitia has worked hard with her team to increase Māori engagement, with the Heremana te Kōpūtōtara education shows reaching priority communities, and more Te Reo resources being produced and distributed. The Foundation also worked with the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland to promote a new study which showed high asthma hospitalisation rates for Māori children. These statistics are of real concern to the Foundation, and will be an ongoing focus strategically.

It was pleasing to see how the ARFNZ team adapted and continued to deliver excellent work post-COVID lockdown – it was essential that the Foundation was able to continue to deliver planned activity, but also adapt to ensure that, as leaders in the respiratory health sector, we were delivering tailored messaging to our respiratory community about the pandemic and how to look after themselves.

The ongoing uncertainty of future funding following the COVID-19 pandemic has had an ongoing financial impact on our organisation. We do not receive contract Government funding and are heavily reliant on substantial grants and donations from the New Zealand community, which we are sincerely appreciative of.

I would like to acknowledge all of our funding partners and donors for their support, notably Pub Charity, which enables us to continue to achieve our goals and aspirations.

We are reminded that the vision of the Foundation is to ‘be the leaders in respiratory health knowledge to improve respiratory health outcomes for all New Zealanders’. The delivery of the updated NZ Adolescent and NZ Adult Asthma Guidelines and NZ Child Asthma Guidelines, then the launch of NZ’s first COPD Guidelines, clearly demonstrates this position. The guidelines signalled a fundamental change in asthma management in New Zealand. These guidelines will be used by health practitioners to provide simple, practical and evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis, assessment and management of asthma and COPD."

- John Knight, President