Bengaluru Allergy Foundation
Suffering from allergy disorders are increasing at a rapid pace. The common allergy disorders are allergic conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis, allergic bronchial asthma, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, food & drug allergies. The Doctors treating allergy disorders have increased from 30% to 40% of the population, which was below 3 to 5 % about 20 years back. Factors such as family history, increasing pollution, deforestation, urbanization, changes in lifestyle, food habits age and increased exposure to chemicals, metal implants in the body and radiation with electronic gadgets are among the many risk factors for developing allergies. The incidences of such disorders are rising and are expected to rise further in the near future, especially amongst the youth.
With improvement in technology and healthcare, people with allergies are living longer. They live longer, their window of need expands, and they require more services for a longer period of time. People with allergies need assistance for diagnosis and treatment.
Identifying this immediate need, the Bengaluru Allergy Foundation (BAF) has been formed as a non-profit organisation under the leadership of Dr.Nagendra Prasad Komarla with team of Trustees experienced professionals, with the following objectives:To co-ordinate and lead an allergy awareness programme in India and abroad that emphasizes early detection and prevention.
To provide counselling and support for patients and families, including individual counselling sessions for people with allergies and their loved ones, conducted in person, over the phone and via the Internet.
To provide Helpline and education led by experts.
To provide an online support group and interactive Web community.
To provide co-ordination and support to local support groups so as to provide assistance for those who need it most.
To assist in obtaining financial assistance for things such as relievers, preventers, homecare, childcare, and transportation to and fro for the treatment.
To foster and undertake research into all aspect of the objects of the Foundation and its work; and to disseminate the results of such research work.
To co-operate and enter into agreements with relevant authorities, organizations, institutions of local, National and International levels.
In order to achieve these objectives, BAF will work to ensure that people with eye, nose, lung, skin and GI allergy will have access to individual counselling, online support groups, and help in long term medical assistance. BAF will reach out to local communities, hospitals, and schools with vital information and expertise. This will be done through collaborated efforts with existing institutions and other charitable organizations.
BAF’s online support group is highly regarded as patients and loved ones all over the Globe rely on it for support, information, and hope. It is the only dedicated online support group for people with allergy disorders. We will continue to expand our services in order to help more people gain access to professional support. We no longer see this as a trend, but as a necessity particularly for those living in isolated areas with limited access to professional resources. Knowledge, support and hope are essential to confronting the many challenges of an allergy diagnosis and making well-informed decisions about treatment and care.
Telephone Education Workshops will also be set up to cover diverse topics related to allergy such as managing work and family, dealing with treatment side effects and new advances in treatment. The workshops will feature experts including medical allergy specialist, pulmonologist, ENT surgeons, paediatricians, dermatologist, social workers, dentists and pharmacists.
We provide support, expertise, and information to schoolchildren, corporations, and community service organizations through on-site workshops, educational seminars, and telephone counselling.
The Need for BAF’s services continues to grow.
BAF is committed to work for the sake of the poor, children, the aged and the ill, who comprise of the most vulnerable class of our society. We work keeping at the forefront of our mind the social services required in developing human capital, in addition to assets for the minimization of poverty which cannot be ignored.