For WAO Member Societies
Join Us! Lanny Rossenwasser, President of the World Allergy Organization (WAO), and Professor Motohiro Ebisawa, Chair of the WAO Communications Council, warmly welcome WAO Member Societies to World Allergy Week 2016 (4-10 April).
This year’s theme is Pollen Allergies - Adapting to a Changing Climate. There are many ways Member Societies can participate to help highlight pollen allergies and climate change, provide information about increasing prevalence, and explain the need for education and patient care services that will help improve safety and quality of life for those who suffer from pollen allergies.
WAO has again provided resources for its Member Societies to use for local activities. Learn more by following the links listed below.
World Allergy Week 2016 Resources
Many Ways to Participate!
WAO welcomes your participation in any of the following recommended World Allergy Week activities on a national level:
- Link the logo from your society’s homepage and highlight the available resources.
- Translate news releases and disseminate them nationally and include contact information for one or two society representatives to speak about “Pollen Allergies - Adapting to a Changing Climate. Climate change worsens allergies globally”
- Send WAO the names, affiliations and email addresses of medical journalists in your area who might be interested in the press teleconference to be announced (Send email to email@example.com).
- Conduct media events in your area such as a news conference or educational events. Contact television and radio stations and ask them to host World Allergy Week 2016 interviews with local allergy specialists. (For ideas, see examples of media coverage from World Allergy Week 2014.)
- Use the WAO White Book on Allergy Update 2013 as a resource. If your society submitted an individual report, you may wish to use this to highlight the need for local allergy patient services and to take the opportunity to reference the full publication to your members, the public, health planners, politicians, universities, private health funders and your national Department of Health – with your society’s endorsement. Links to downloadable files are provided in the resources center.
- Please send us your ideas for promotions or activities that have been successful for your society for us to share with your fellow WAO Member Societies!
The WAO Board of Directors and the WAO Communications Committee sincerely thank you for your valuable participation in this initiative!
For more information or questions about World Allergy Week, contact the WAO Secretariat at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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