Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Since its creation in 2008 in Morocco, the African Society for Immunodeficiencies (ASID) never failed to thrive to reach its objectives: sharing experiences and raising medical and public awareness with regard to the basic and clinical science of PIDs in Africa.
Throughout the years, we conducted several educational activities (ASID schools, A-projects, Biennial meetings) and expanded the African network in several regions. The pandemics did not slow us down, and we found a new way to promote evidence-based management and care of individuals suffering from PID, throughout webinars and hybrid meetings.
We’re thankful to get your requests regarding ASID School or organizing an A-Project in your country, so never hesitate to reach out to us. We’ll do our best to complete as many successful projects as needed, to improve care for patients suffering from PID/IEI.
Regarding other projects, we’re thriving to establish the ASID registry and to publish some African clinical guidelines. Indeed, access to diagnostic tools is often limited in African countries, and clinical features are impacted by our environment, so we felt the need to develop specific clinical guidelines for this continent. However, all our efforts would be void if clinicians in contact with PID patients don’t reach out to us to register their patients. Please contact our Registry committee (Monika Esser, Ali Sobh) to participate to the registry. A good picture of PID distribution in Africa is important to focus our efforts on the main issues faced by our patients.
Sustaining our activities and our website is a constant challenge for our Society, and we’re thankful to our sponsors for their continuous support. However, membership fees are getting unavoidable and the 2019 General Assembly agreed to its necessity. Technical issues prevented us to set up these fees in 2019-2021 mandates. We’re currently testing some ways to overcome and will hopefully find a satisfying solution soon.
We’re currently in preparation for the ASID 2023 meeting. To avoid clashing with our sister societies meetings, we moved back the meeting to June 14-17, in Casablanca. Registrations are open on the congress website: https://www.congress.asid-africa.org/
Finally, I’d like to thank the ASID Board for their continuous support and involvement. Thanks to them, we advanced further on the road to success.
To all ASID members and friends, keep in touch with us and stay safe.
Dr Leïla JEDDANE, PhD
ASID President 2021-2023
Website 8th ASID Congress : https://www.congress.asid-africa.org