Since 2011, World PI Week raises awareness of the burden of primary immunodeficiency diseases and stimulates efforts to improve the recognition, diagnosis, treatment and the quality of life for people with PI world-wide. World PI Week offers a crucial, visible opportunity to inform and educate health policy-makers, schools and families, and the general public about primary immunodeficiencies to drive the earliest possible diagnosis and optimal treatment. Under the slogan TEST. DIAGNOSE.TREAT, every year around 30 countries participate in World PI Week with an abundance of events taking place around the world. For more information, visit

On this occasion we encourage African colleagues to seize this opportunity and actively participate in the event. You may choose any of the following suggestions to help in planning the event:

  • Organize a community walk, a run, or a bike ride “On the Move for PI”
  • Organize the 10 warning signs test to encourage testing by a physician
  • Hang posters with the PI Week logo in your clinic’s waiting room, and schools
  • Set up education sessions for patients, families, schools and other health care professionals
  • Produce and distribute buttons, sports flasks, t-shirts etc. with the PI logo on it
  • Send out emails, distribute flyers
  • Start a Facebook or Twitter group with a challenge to detect PI
  • Start a blog about your PI event and ask colleagues to contribute to it

Be creative about raising awareness of “PI”!


Congress Secretariat
Londocor Event Management
Yvonne Dias Fernandes
Tel: +27 (0) 11 954 5753  Fax: +27 (0) 86 592 3390

1st Announcement & Call for Abstracts
Registration Form

Scientific Programme

J Clin Immunol. 2013 Aug;33(6):1078-87

Bousfiha AA, Jeddane L, Ailal F, Al Herz W, Conley ME, Cunningham-Rundles C, Etzioni A, Fischer A, Franco JL, Geha RS, Hammarström L, Nonoyama S, Ochs HD, Roifman CM, Seger R, Tang ML, Puck JM, Chapel H, Notarangelo LD, Casanova JL.


The number of genetically defined Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases (PID) has increased exponentially, especially in the past decade. The biennial classification published by the IUIS PID expert committee is therefore quickly expanding, providing valuable information regarding the disease-causing genotypes, the immunological anomalies, and the associated clinical features of PIDs. These are grouped in eight, somewhat overlapping, categories of immune dysfunction. However, based on this immunological classification, the diagnosis of a specific PID from the clinician's observation of an individual clinical and/or immunological phenotype remains difficult, especially for non-PID specialists. The purpose of this work is to suggest a phenotypic classification that forms the basis for diagnostic trees, leading the physician to particular groups of PIDs, starting from clinical features and combining routine immunological investigations along the way. We present 8 colored diagnostic figures that correspond to the 8 PID groups in the IUIS Classification, including all the PIDs cited in the 2011 update of the IUIS classification and most of those reported since.


Photo from the 3d ASID Congress : Sun City, South Africa:  5 – 9 June 2013. The new ASID Board with Jose Drabwell, IPOPI President, presenting the 4th ASID Congress: Algiers May 2013. The new ASID President, Prof. Rachida Boukari, from Algeria, sits on the right. The Past-President, Dr Monika Esser, is standing to her left.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Warm Greetings !

We now have just under a month to go before our ASID III Congress – Ithemba Le Afrika in South Africa. There has been a great deal of activity in our organizing committee in the past months and we look forward to seeing many old and new friends of the PID community.

Sponsorships have been allocated and are being communicated.

I would like to ask you to take advantage of the exciting program offered and to join us at the following talks, initiatives and meetings and we look forward to a great celebration dinner.E-posters will also be available in the viewing venue and all posters will have a short oral presentation. In the program you will find details on :


With best regards

Dr Monika Esser
Chairperson ASID

Ithemba le Afrika Congress 2013

Combined Congress of ALLSA (Allergy Society of South Africa), SATS (South African Thoracic Society) and ASID (African Society for Immunodeficiencies), Sun City, South Africa:  5 – 9 June 2013

Please note that the deadline for the submission of abstracts has been extended to Monday the 22nd of April.

All abstracts must be submitted on-line. To submit your abstract, click here
To view the full congress programme, click here
To register for the congress, click here

For further information, please contact the congress secretariat:
Sonja du Plessis / Yvonne Fernandes
Tel:  +27 11 768-4355 or e-mail or


Invitation from the Congress Chair

The Sun City slogan reads: “A million thrills. One destination.” We are adding another million thrills, with one congress! The Ithemba le Afrika congress will be a landmark, and one of the biggest, medical congresses offered on the African continent in 2013. This is happening because of a first ever congress partnership between ALLSA (The Allergy Society of South Africa), SATS (The Thoracic Society of South Africa) and ASID (the African Society for Immunodeficiencies). A large faculty of international and local speakers will offer an outstanding academic program on the synergies and the State of the Art in these specialties. Clinicians, scientist and medical workers, who deal with patients suffering from respiratory, immune and allergy related disease, will benefit at the congress.

Ithemba le Afrika translates to “hope for Africa”. The congress will offer endless networking opportunities to international, continental and regional delegates. Africa is the continent of the future. We invite you to come and learn, and meet, and partner and enjoy with us. You cannot afford to miss it!

Andre van Niekerk

Congress Chair


Invitation from ALLSA

It seems like we have just finished our last Congress and we are already planning the one for 2013. Well ALLSA has a real treat in store for you in June 2013. We are hosting a combined Congress with SATS and ASID. The latter group is the African Immunodeficiency Group. Judging from the attendance at the Immunodeficiency Sessions at this year's Congress I predict this symbiotic relationship will have much appeal. I know that most of us struggle with patients who get recurrent infections and this Congress should hopefully answer all those question. In addition we have just confirmed a number of European Allergists for the meeting, the most notable of those being Adnan Custovic.

Adnan has been to South Africa before and I know he is a popular and charismatic lecturer. Because we will be a big group we have chosen to go back to Sun City. It is a wonderful Congress venue and I look forward to seeing all of you there.

Robin Green



Invitation from ASID

Primary Immunodeficiency has come of age at last in South Africa!

Ithemba Le Afrika will be the first congress of its kind in South Africa and the third for African Immunodeficiency since the formation of the Society in Casablanca in 2008. The 6th African School will be hosted also at this congress. Collaboration within Africa, but also with our colleagues from Europe, North and South America and even the Far East has marked the beginning steps of ASID. The “Call for Action for Africa” for Primary Immunodeficiency or in short PIDs, initiated by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation in 2012 in Hammameth, is set to continue this work of education and networking at ASID III in Sun City. Three societies have joined hands and forces to address the medical issues and needs of our patients and an international selection of esteemed speakers is keen to share their knowledge.

Doctors, nursing staff, patients and parents are invited and need to be involved for us to succeed in the care of those affected by Primary Immunodeficiency.

I look forward to see you at “Ithemba le Afrika” - Hope for Africa.

A warm welcome,



Monika Esser

ASID Chair


Invitation from SATS

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the South African Thoracic Society (SATS), we are delighted to welcome you to this combined congress, which is being held with the Allergy Society of South Africa and the African Society for Immunodeficiencies. This exciting partnership promises a diverse congress that combines state of the art clinical updates, practical workshops, research presentations and the opportunity to once again connect with friends and colleagues and also forge new friendships and collaborations. This is also a chance to hear some of the leading experts in adult and paediatric respiratory illnesses and in cardiothoracic surgery with several invited international guest speakers as well as a number of our own national experts. We welcome abstracts for the congress which can be submitted here.

We hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to welcoming you in June 2013 at Sun City.

Best wishes

Heather Zar

SATS President

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