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Region in focus: WAO Joint Region (Africa/Middle East/CIS)

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As a worldwide platform, WAO Journal offers a special opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas among different regions of the world, providing a truly global outlook on allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. We are very pleased to be able to highlight some of the recent articles being produced by authors* from countries in Africa, Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States.


The use of inhaled corticosteroids in pediatric asthma: update

Elham Hossny, Nelson Rosario, Bee Wah Lee, Meenu Singh, Dalia El-Ghoneimy, Jian Yi SOH and Peter Le Souef


Sensitisation to Blattella germanica among adults with asthma in Yaounde, Cameroon: a cross-sectional study

Eric Walter Pefura-Yone, André Pascal Kengne, Emmanuel Afane-Ze and Christopher Kuaban

South Africa

Socio-epidemiological Aspects of Respiratory Allergic Diseases in Southern Africa

Luís Taborda-Barata and Paul C. Potter


The most common aeroallergens in a tropical region in Southwestern Iran
Mohammad-Ali Assarehzadegan, AbdolHossein Shakurnia and Akram Amini


Evaluation of Different Combined Regimens in the Treatment of Cholinergic Urticaria

Abdulghani M. Alsamarai, Ali A. Hasan and Amina H. Alobaidi


Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases in Oman: Five Years' Experience at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

Salem Al-Tamemi, Ibtisam Elnour and David Dennison

United Arab Emirates
Prevalence and triggers of allergic rhinitis in the United Arab Emirates

Bassam Mahboub, Suleiman Al-Hammadi, Vijayshree P Prakash, Nabil Sulaiman, Michael S Blaiss, Abdulla Al Redha and Deepa M Vats

Saudi Arabia

Sensitization to Indigenous Pollen and Molds and Other Outdoor and Indoor Allergens in Allergic Patients From Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Sudan

S.M. Hasnain, A.R. Al-Frayh, J.L. Subiza, Enrique Fernández-Caldas, M. Casanovas, T. Geith, M.O. Gad-El-Rab, E. Koshak, H. Al-Mehdar, S. Al-Sowaidi, H. Al-Matar, R. Khouqeer, K. Al-Abbad, M. Al-Yamani, E. Alaqi, O.A. Musa and S Al-Sedairy


Debates in allergy medicine: specific immunotherapy efficiency in children with atopic dermatitis

Tatiana A. Slavyanakaya, Vladislava V. Derkach and Revaz I. Sepiashvili


Association between autoimmune reactions and severity of atopic dermatitis in children with herpes virus infection

Pavel Samoylikov, Valentina Gervazieva and Sergey Kozhevnikov

*Country determined according to the corresponding author's location. Flags courtesy of

Regional Associate Editors

WAO Journal echoes the aims of the World Allergy Organization in it's passion to share knowledge globally and has 10 regional Associate Editors to help achieve this goal.

Read more about Professor Menachem Rottem, Emek Medical Center, Afula, Israel and  Professor Yehia El-Gamal, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, our Regional Associate Editors for the WAO Joint Region (Africa/Middle-East/CIS).

WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2016) Jerusalem, 6-9 December
Outstanding Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Cultural Heritage

As a global alliance of national and regional allergy, asthma and clinical immunology societies, the World Allergy Organization (WAO) is proud to partner with the Israel Association of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (IAACI) and the mutually collaborating partner of IAACI, Allergists for Israel (AFI), to host the WAO International Scientific Conference (WISC 2016) in Jerusalem.

Because the discipline of allergy spans various specialties the scientific program of WISC 2016 will provide a multidisciplinary forum for allergists, pulmonologists, ENTs, dermatologists, internists, pediatricians, gastroenterologists, clinical immunologists and primary care physicians.

The WISC 2016 scientific program will feature a variety of courses and subjects relevant to both the theory and practice of allergy and clinical immunology: 4 plenary sessions, 34 symposia, 4 keynote lectures, 8 workshops, and 10 junior member sessions.

More than 137 internationally known experts will lecture on the newest and most advanced science in allergy and clinical immunology, covering a wide range of stimulating and diverse topics including immunotherapy, hereditary angioedema, the microbiome, food allergy, molecular allergy, severe asthma, precision medicine, and much more.

The WAO International Scientific Conference has grown and evolved from one edition to the next. The meeting in Jerusalem will continue to build on the hugely successful preceding Conferences in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2010), Hyderabad, India (2012), and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014).

WAO organizes these international scientific conferences in recognition of:
• The increasing prevalence and more complex forms of allergic diseases and asthma worldwide, especially in children
• The need to create a more integrated approach to the diagnosis and management of allergic diseases and asthma
• The need to expand the knowledge and practice of allergy and provide more practical knowledge to young professionals.

WISC 2016 will facilitate the exchange of the most useful combination of recent research findings, review of current theory and practice, and hands-on, problem-based learning. The aim of WAO is that participants gain insight into the most effective advances in the diagnosis and management of complex and severe allergies and asthma as well as preventative strategies.



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