Who is AIFA?
The Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia (AIFA) is a charity that aims to improve the lives of people with allergy and other immune diseases by funding medical research and raising public awareness. This knowledge will lead to earlier diagnosis, strategies for prevention, better treatments and potential cures.
AIFA is an initiative of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), the not for profit peak professional body for clinical immunology and allergy in Australasia. Our research grants encourage early career researchers and national collaborations. The first grants were awarded in 2015.
At the forefront of tackling the problem of the increased incidence of allergy, ASCIA held the world's first Allergy Summit and developed a National Allergy Strategy for Australia in partnership with the patient organisation Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia. This is now being implemented with projects that will focus on standardising the management of drug allergy, the management of food allergy for teens and young adults, and allergy management in the food service industry. Promoting research is an acknowledged part of the National Allergy Strategy.
Why do allergy and immune diseases matter?
Allergy and other immune diseases are amongst the fastest growing chronic and complex health conditions affecting children and adults in Australasia.
Allergies, and in particular food allergy, are rapidly increasing in young children.
Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and primary immunodeficiency diseases are potentially life threatening and cause significant impairment in day to day functioning.
What needs to be done?
More research is urgently needed into:
- understanding why allergy and immune diseases are increasing so rapidly
- preventing allergy from occurring in the first place
- detecting immune disease through genetic testing and newborn screening for primary immunodeficiency
- potential new treatments and cures for these diseases
High quality education programs are urgently required to:
- increase awareness in the community
- further educate health professionals
- improve access to care
How can you help?
Every dollar counts.
By donating to AIFA you can help fund high quality research projects, selected by an expert panel, that have the greatest potential to help people in Australia and New Zealand who suffer with allergy and immune diseases.
Donations of $100 or more will be listed on the AIFA website (subject to donor permission)