EAACI has always been enthusiastic about raising the awareness of the challenges allergy sufferers face. Our recent efforts on the Written Declaration among other campaigns is a great example of this. We are turning our attention to food allergy and announced our Food Allergy Guidelines at the EAACI-WAO Congress 2013.
More than 17 million Europeans suffer from some form of Food Allergy. This is an alarming figure, and it is only increasing over time. The possibility that one could suffer a severe reaction, such as anaphylaxis, is one of many issues we should be communicating far and wide. The first article from the Guidelines, Primary prevention of food allergy, has just been released through the EAACI Journal Allergy. This new publication and the research that will be presented at the Annual Congress will help stimulate discussion to help us move forward. The dialogue will continue going into the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting, FAAM 2014, taking place in Dublin, Ireland later this year.
We also need to make a real effort to inform and advise the next generation. One out of every four European children of school age lives with an allergic condition. Efforts have been made to reduce this, but we realise that at this moment we have to manage large numbers of young allergy sufferers. Education is key to helping remedy and aid those who have to deal with this disease on a daily basis.
With this new document, EAACI aims to provide the scientific and healthcare community with recommendations based on scientific evidence for the recognition, evaluation and management of patients who have presented, are presenting or are at risk of presenting with anaphylaxis. Thank you to all the European national societies and also the patients’ organisations that have helped us disseminate our message already and continue to do so.
We will be distributing the Guidelines at the EAACI Congress 2014 and they will also be available online later in the year.
There is still time to register for the Congress in Copenhagen. Join us in helping to tackle this growing issue.
This month also saw EAACI continue its efforts in reaching out to the European Union with the announcement that the academy will be opening a new office in Brussels. We want to drive allergy to the top of the European agenda and this office will help us raise our presence and profile among the key decision makers in Europe. We’ll be announcing more news about this new office in the future.
Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement with the Academy.