Download the full report here: Asthma And Respiratory Foundation Nz Annual Report 2020

"The year was tracking along well at a governance and operational level until 25 March 2020, when our country went into lockdown with the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has had a huge impact on all of us, including the Foundation during this period.  

The Foundation’s Chief Executive, Letitia Harding, worked with the team to implement a strategy and plan for our staff to work from home, and updated the Board regularly on the impact this pandemic was having on our organisation via virtual board meetings.  

It was pleasing to see how the Foundation team adapted and continued to deliver excellent work during this time. 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. 

With the uncertain future of funding, the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to have a financial impact on our organisation. We are heavily reliant on substantial grants and donations from the New Zealand community, and we are yet to see what the true impact of the pandemic will have on the Foundation’s future funding. 

In saying this, I would like to acknowledge all of our current funding partners and donors for their support, notably Pub Charity, who enable us to continue our work within the respiratory space.

The delivery of the new NZ Adolescent and Adult Asthma Guidelines in June 2020 clearly demonstrates our position as leaders in respiratory health knowledge, and works towards our goal of improving respiratory health outcomes for all New Zealanders. These guidelines signalled a fundamental change in asthma management in New Zealand, and were shortly followed by the updated NZ Child Asthma Guidelines. We are also looking forward to releasing New Zealand’s first-ever COPD guidelines later this year."

- John Knight, President