The most common allergic conditions are eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), urticaria, food allergy and anaphylaxis. 40% of allergy sufferers are children and allergic diseases are the most common chronic disease of childhood, markedly affecting quality of life, learning potential and can be fatal.

AFSA, a division of the Allergy Society of South Africa, is offering CPD-accredited allergy courses to healthcare professionals.

Medical professionals have the role of recognising allergies, advising patients and dispensing allergy medication and it is therefore a key imperative that they fully understand the mechanics of, and correctly diagnose allergic diseases, the preferred medication and the correct use of such medications, however most have never received training in how to manage these important conditions.

The Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) was established by the Allergy Society of South Africa (ALLSA) to serve the broader needs of allergy and clinical immunology patients. The foundation was established to create awareness, to advise and educate patients, to promote responsible care, to assist with advocacy and to raise funds for professional development.

The AFSA Learning Academy is offering convenient, accredited online training in partnership with the University of Cape Town.  The ‘Allergy Awareness’ training programmes consist of 2 hours of flexitime learning on any device. Learners can self-register on the AFSA website at , complete the training and receive a certificate of completion with 4 CPD points. Thereafter, learners are also given access to a mobile reference app (iOS & Android) which allows for quick, hands-on and easy access to a condensed version of pertinent course content.