A world where all people breathe freely.


To reduce the global burden of chronic respiratory diseases.


The purpose of GARD is to initiate a comprehensive approach to fight chronic respiratory diseases. This involves four strategic objectives:

Core strategic objective

  • ADVOCACY. To raise the recognition of the importance of chronic respiratory diseases at global and country levels, and to advocate the integration of prevention and control of such diseases into policies across all government departments.
  • PARTNERSHIP. To promote partnering for the prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases.

GARD strategic objectives to support WHO technical work

  • NATIONAL PLANS ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL. To support WHO in assisting countries to establish and strengthen national policies and plans for the prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases using WHO endorsed approaches and methods.
  • SURVEILLANCE. To support WHO in monitoring chronic respiratory diseases and their determinants and evaluate progress at country, regional and global levels.

About the Alliance

GARD is an alliance which provides the participants the opportunity to discuss non-normative matters. Any agreement on GARD activities involving GARD participants is made by consensus and is addressed to the GARD participants.

GARD is not a legal entity and, therefore, cannot undertake any action in its own name.

The World Health Organization has a dual role in the Alliance: it provides technical leadership and secretariat support.


GARD promotes an integrated approach that capitalizes upon synergies of chronic respiratory diseases with other chronic diseases. The focus is specifically on the needs of low- and middle-income countries and vulnerable populations, and fosters country-specific initiatives that are tailored to local needs.


According to the Terms of Reference, the governance components are the General Meeting, the Planning Group, the Executive Committee, and the secretariat as well as the Country-Focus Group and Working Groups.

What does GARD offer?

GARD provides a network through which collaborating parties can combine their strengths and knowledge, thereby achieving results that no single partner could attain alone. GARD also improves coordination between existing governmental and nongovernmental programmes, which avoids duplication of efforts and wasting of resources.

GARD meetings

GARD Executive Committee Meeting, 30-31 January 2017, Geneva, Switzerland

GARD 10th General Meeting, 3-4 July 2015 Lisbon, Portugal

GARD 9th General Meeting, 14-16 August 2014, Salvador

Joint GARD Executive Committee and Planning Group Meeting
8-9 October 2008, Berlin, Germany

GARD General Meeting 2008
30-31 May 2008,
Istanbul, Turkey

GARD Executive Committee Meeting
16 September 2007, Stockholm, Sweden

GARD General Meeting 2007
1-2 June 2007, Seoul, Republic of Korea

GARD Symposium for Eastern European countries
23-24 March 2007, Zakopane, Poland

Contact us

Ms Laura Sminkey
Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention (NVI)
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 4547