iCAALL: international Collaboration for Asthma ALlergy and ImmunoLogy
We call for iCAALL
iCAALL stands for International Collaboration for Asthma ALlergy and ImmunoLogy, and is a consorted collaborative action between the world's largest allergy organisations: EAACI, AAAAI, WAO, and ACAAI.
Consensus on the title for the collaboration was quickly achieved, as it has met two key requirements:
1) It explains the scope of the initiative.
2) The acronym formed by the title may be used in many communication situations in an associative way, for instance: “ICAALL for advocating…” etc.
This activity has been initiated because all assocations agreed there is a need for a comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative communication strategy to reach out internationally in the field of asthma, allergy and immunology. Target groups for this communication strategy are health care professionals, the general public, patients, as well as politicians at all levels nationally and internationally.
iCAALL is a long-term project, and will take incremental steps to increase allergy awareness at all levels. One of the first initiatives that has been taken is to build a large compendium of international consensus documents on how to diagnose and manage different allergic diseases and asthma. These documents are called "ICONs", which stands for "International Consensus ON", followed by the topic. The first already published ICON is on food allergy, available under the ICON link above. All ICONs will have free access.
Why do we need iCAALL?
Allergic diseases are a growing health problem worldwide. One reason is the rapid global urbanization process, leading to increased health costs for the management of allergic diseases. At the same time, outside the allergy specialty, knowledge of the available opportunities to prevent and treat allergic diseases among politicians, policy makers, patients, the public and many health care professionals is severely limited.
The iCAALL partners strongly believe that a coordinated outreach effort toward global communication about allergic diseases and asthma is urgently needed to address this knowledge gap. The first major step in addressing this need are are the international consensus documents on many areas of allergy and asthma targeting the larger audience worldwide beyond the specialists in the field.
EAACI, AAAAI, ACAAI and WAO, the first organisations committing to iCAALL, have similar overall aims, which include:
iCAALL's mission is:
To increase worldwide awareness and understanding of allergic diseases and asthma by
These associations are currently collaborating for iCAALL
iCAALL Steering committee
Dennis Ledford (AAAAI)
Cezmi Akdis (EAACI)
Ruby Pawankar (WAO)
Stanley Fineman (ACAAI)
Wesley Burks (AAAAI)
Jan Lötvall (EAACI)
Lanny Rosenwasser (WAO)
Dana Wallace (ACAAI)
Thomas Casale (AAAAI)
Nikolaos Papadopoulos (EAACI)
Richard Lockey (WAO)
Richard Weber (ACAAI)