The Lebanese Society of Allergy and Immunology invited some media and medical figures to attend its 12th scientific conference entitled "Air Pollution and Allergy" held at the Habtoor Hotel, under the patronage of Minister of Health, Mr. Wael Abu Faour, represented by Chairman of Medical Professions Department, Antoine Romanos.
The opening session was held by Dr. Philip Rawadi, Dr. Fares Zaitoun, Dr. Elias Khairallah, Dr. Ziad Rahim, and Dr. Carla Irani. Speaking at the opening of the National Assembly of Allergy and Immunology Chairman, Dr. Philip Rawadi said that referring to the "heavy rise in asthma and allergies and immune diseases in the past fifty years, which affects 20 to 25 percent of the population, these numbers are still rising for many reasons."
Mr. Romanos said: “30 to 40% of the world's population is suffering, and once we collaborate together, we can face the problem.”
Why is it necessary to recognize allergic diseases as a public health concern?
- A steady increase in the prevalence of allergic diseases globally has occurred with about 30-40% of the world population now being affected by one or more allergic conditions.
- Climate Change and the resulting environmental changes along with Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution are considered major reasons for the increase in the prevalence and morbidity of Allergic Disease worldwide.
- Increasing Allergic Disease burden decreases quality of life, and adds considerable cost to patients and the healthcare system.
- A high proportion of the increase in prevalence and morbidity is occurring in young subjects; thus, as this young population reaches adulthood, the burden of allergic diseases is expected to increase even more.