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Dubai to host top Asthma conference

Dubai, November 14, 2010

More than 60 internationally renowned experts on allergy will share their knowledge and experiences on Asthma at a conference in Dubai next month.

The World Allergy Organisation’s (WAO) inaugural international scientific conference will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) from December 5 to 8.

Around 1,500 delegates from over 50 countries are expected to attend, while as many as 24 post graduate courses will be conducted during the event.

The Dubai Convention Bureau (DCB), Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), Ministry of Health, Dubai Health Authority and Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences are supporting the conference.

Its collaborating partners include the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 

WAO will launch during the conference the executive summary of its first ‘White Book on Allergies,’ an advocacy document emphasising asthma and allergic diseases as a major global public health issue, and providing high-level recommendations toward creating a more integrated and holistic approach to diagnosis and management of allergic diseases.

The white book is supported by WAO’s 84-member national and regional organizations, patient and GP organizations and dignitaries.

According to studies, the prevalence rate of asthma in the UAE is around 13.5 per cent, while it is more than 20 per cent in Saudi Arabia and 18 per cent in Kuwait.

Dr Ruby Pawankar, WAO president-elect and conference organizing chair, said: “WAO is working towards providing education and training to medical professionals to bridge the knowledge gap about asthma and allergies, whose prevalence rates have also been increasing in medium and low-income countries. The conference is an important strategic move and an integral part of our long-term commitment to address the diagnostics and management of asthma and its occurrence in the community.”

Prof Lockey, president of WAO and Conference, added: “Attending this conference is mandatory for any physician who cares for asthma. Asthma co-morbidities are one of the main reasons many patients do not respond to optimal therapy. I look forward to seeing physicians, pediatricians, internists, general practitioners, researchers, clinicians and teachers at this one-of-a-kind conference.” – TradeArabia News Service




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