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ESPAI is a Member Society of WAO and a Member of FOCIS

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The article "Allergy and immunology in Africa: Challenges and unmet needs” , which appeared in the The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, November 2017 theme issue on Global Issues in Allergy and Immunology, has been selected from thousands of recently published articles to be awarded Elsevier Atlas Award. The paper is free to read and download without a JACI subscription at the following link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091674917315087

El-Gamal YM, Hossny EM, El-Sayed ZA, Reda SM. Allergy and immunology in Africa: Challenges and unmet needs. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2017;140:1240-3.


Ain Shams University (Cairo, Egypt)

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 The Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit
Children's Hospital, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Is a WAO Center of Excellence

The Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit, Ain Shams University, pioneered the development of the specialty in pediatrics in Egypt and North Africa. The unit is dedicated to achieving excellence in education, training, and research with the aim of producing new generations of highly qualified allergists and immunologists. Its ultimate goal is to serve patients with compassionate health care of highest clinical and ethical standards.

The unit was founded in 1988 by Prof. Yehia El-Gamal and has tremendously grown ever since in number of staff and services. It is currently headed by Prof. Elham Hossny. The unit deals with allergic diseases as well as primary immunodeficiency and autoimmune disorders in infants, children, and adolescents. It is a tertiary center that receives patients from all over the country. Its outpatient clinic operates three days a week and receives about 300 patients per week; new cases mount up to 25 per week. The integrated laboratory provides services six days a week. The unit also has an SPT and immunotherapy facility that operates five days a week. There are currently 24 beds that belong to the unit in the children’s Hospital of Ain Shams University.

Faculty members of the PAI unit are very enthusiastic and devoted to teach, train and promote their specialty and they currently comprise 8 professors and associate professors as well as 7 lecturers and assistant lecturers. They hold many workshops to train general practitioners and nurses on caring for allergy/immunology pediatric patients. Many basic and clinical research projects in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology are undertaken in the PAI Unit. Undergraduate rounds are held in the unit because allergy and immunology is included in the Ain Shams undergraduate teaching curriculum. The PAI unit also is a training center for house officers and residents. Many Masters and PhD theses are produced in the unit by postgraduate students. The scientific activities of the unit attract health care providers from other hospitals of Cairo and other Egyptian governorates.

In line with the mission of the WAO, The PAI unit adopts clinical innovation and has good potential advocacy with patients, patient groups, lay community, and government. It has become a proficient center with recognized faculty who are mentors in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology. It represents a well-established research facility and its members have a good deal of published papers in peer reviewed journals. It distributes booklets and brochures that contain brief information about allergy/immunology disorders and the major international guidelines on their management. The unit is currently trying to establish local and national registries for allergy/immunology disorders and is looking forward to participate in international registries.



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World Allergy Organization Guidelines for the Assessment
and Management of Anaphylaxis

World Allergy Organization anaphylaxis guidelines:



       ESPAI’s Suggestions 

To improve the quality of life of allergic individuals


What is an allergist? 


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متطلبات الكفاءة في مجال الحساسية لدى الأطباء

عن مجلة المنظمة العالمية للحساسية- عدد فبراير 2008 الصفحات من 42 إلى 46



 Useful links for the practicing allergist

Asthma and Allergic Rhinitis:
WAO Online Lecture Series

Go to the media library

WAO Online Learning Modules with CME - NEW!
Allergic Rhinitis with Asthma in Children
Management of Asthma with Co-morbid Allergic Rhinitis in Children

Access the modules

Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) guidelines

Click here


Congratulations Prof. Yehia El-Gamal

for receiving

Egypt's 1st Degree Golden Medal for Science and Art

Prof. El-Gamal founded the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Unit of Ain Shams University in 1988; it was the first training program in Allergy/Immunology in Egypt and the Arab countries. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Egyptian Journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (ISSN 1687-1642; eISSN: 2314-8934) an open access journal (http://www.jespai.org/)

ARIA 2016 Executive Summary

Integrated care pathways for predictive medicine across the life cycle

Read and download the English and Arabic summary




View and download Handouts of the Workshop





Read and download Current and Past issues of

The Egyptian Journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology


Table of Contents of the curent issue:

Volume 15 Number 2 - October 2017





Review article

ARIA 2016 Executive Summary

El-Gamal et al.


Original articles

Impact of maternal gestational diabetes on neutrophil functions of full term neonates.

Yehia El Gamal, Rania Abdou, Mohamed Hamza, Hayam Saeid.



Regulatory natural killer cell expression in atopic childhood asthma.\

Elham Hossny, Rasha El-Owaidy, Neama Mohamed, Ehsan Hassanin



Lymphocyte subtype dysregulation in a group of children with simple obesity.

Hoda Elsayed, Yasmin El Gendy, Nesrine Radwan, Botheina Farweez, Shimaa Fouda.



Zeinab Awad


Selections from International Journals

Nahla Heshmat


Calendar of events

Shereen Reda


Instructions to contributors




Arabic Translation of

WAO Journal Reviews
November 2017
Vol 14, Issue 11

WAO Journal Reviews
December 2017
Vol 14, Issue

WAO Book Review
February 2017
Vol 14, Issue 2

معلومات باللغة العربية لممارسي الحساسية من الأطباء:

  - مراجعة المجلات الطبية     - مراجعة كتب الحساسية    - تقارير تفاعلية لحالات مرضية

   Go to the past issues of the Arabic translation of WAO news and notes _______________________________________________

Patient Education Corner   إرشادات و معلومات للمرضى باللغة العربية

Anaphylaxis - الحساسية المفرطة
Atopic dermatitis حساسية الجلد الإكزيما
Childhood Asthma - الربو الشعبى فى الأطفال
Familial Mediterranean Fever - حمى البحر المتوسط
Food Allergy حساسية الغذاء
HIV infection - العدوى بفيروس نقص المناعة
Kawasaki Disease - مرض كاواساكى
Primary Immunodeficiency - نقص المناعة الوراثى
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus - مرض الذئبة الحمراء



ESPAI was founded in May 2002 as the first society concerned with pediatric allergy and immunology in Egypt.  The start was in Cairo but its activities are expanding to span the whole country.


    Mission Statement

ESPAI is a non-profit society dedicated to the advancement of pediatric allergy and  immunology by promoting education, stimulating research, and encouraging exchange of knowledge and cooperation with other medical societies and those engaged in the field, with the ultimate goal of improving medical care to patients.


Pocket guides on:

- Childhood

 Bronchial Asthma

- Childhood SLE,


- Therapy of childhood hypertension   

is available on our

CME page

Instructions to Journal contributors on

Journal page


Designed and edited by  Prof. Zeinab A El-Sayed.

Associate editor Dr. Rasha Hassan.

Last updated Feb 19th, 2018.