oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Guest editorial

Volume 29 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Allergic diseases are the most common chronic diseases of childhood, noticeably affecting quality of life and learning potential, and possibly being fatal. Allergies are increasing rapidly in South Africa and the rate of increase is fastest in the rural and poor populations among whom allergy was previously uncommon. It is unfortunate that allergic disease has not been afforded the importance it warrants in undergraduate and postgraduate training, and that significant gaps exist in service provision, especially in the public health service.

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