Welcome to the Allergy and Immunology website, which is designed to help you navigate your way through your allergic and immunological concerns.

The Allergy and Immunology Awareness Program (AIAP) is an HMC based program dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about these conditions.

Here you can learn about some of the basics and most common conditions, stay updated on the latest news and scientific advances for allergies and primary immunodeficiencies.

These pages also aim to support parents of children who have one or more of these conditions. As such we have stories and activities for our younger patients in the kids’ corner.

Allergic/immunological conditions usually start in childhood and most of the time, carry on well into adulthood. Not only do they have clear physical effects on a person, but also social, emotional and psychological ones, due to the chronic nature of the majority of these diseases.

Advances in medicine have made it possible to manage these diseases through pharmaceuticals as well as healthier daily choices. Living and coping with what could be the long term use of medications and lifestyle adaptations, can be a journey. As such, the AIAP was born to guide you through that journey, to simplify and create easy access to relevant information from sources you can trust.

We hope that through the resources presented on this site, we are able to link you to the information you and your family need.

Dr. Mehdi Adeli
Senior Consultant, Allergy & Immunology 
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar
Pediatrics Department,
Hamad Medical Corporation
World PI Week 29 April 2021

  • This year, World PI Week (22-29 April) embraces three themes that are all the more relevant in the COVID-19 context:
    1. Patient safety and protection with a focus on vaccination
    2. Plasma availability
    3. Quality of life.
  • There are more than 430 different types of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), affecting over 6 million people worldwide.
  • Primary immunodeficiencies occur when a person’s immune system is absent or does not function properly, which leaves individuals more prone than other people to infections and predispose them to auto-immunity, allergy, malignancy, or inflammation.
  • When left undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the immune system remains defective, leaving the patient vulnerable to illness, physical disability, vital and permanent organ damage, or even death.
  • World PI Week is a global movement to raise awareness of primary immunodeficiency and related challenges; promote quality of life for people with primary immunodeficiency, early diagnosis, availability and access to treatment and care worldwide; and stimulate communication and advocacy around primary immunodeficiency.
  • Learn more information about primary immunodeficiencies https://www.hamad.qa/EN/your%20health/allergy-and-immunology/publications/Immunodeficiency/Pages/default.aspx

Reduce your risk of catching COVID-19:
  • Wear a mask: prevent spread and protect others.
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly.
  • Distance: keep your distance typically 2 meters.
  • Avoid crowds where it is hard to maintain distance.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
  • Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms.