South Africa is ranked 25th worldwide for asthma prevalence and is ranked fifth for asthma mortality. Paediatric cases make up a sizeable portion of this. In South Africa, the prevalence of childhood asthma may be as high as 1 in 5. What is the role of South African clinicians in closing gaps in care that exist in our society? Dr Tshegofatso Mabelane attempted to answer this question, drawing on her years of clinical experience and current South African asthma guidelines.
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