The 2017 African Society for Primary Immune Deficiencies (ASID) congress in Livingstone, Zambia, is the 5th successive ASID Biannual international congress since the Society's inception in 2008 with the inaugural one having been held in Casablanca, Morocco, the 2nd one in Hammamet (2012), Tunisia, the 3rd one at Sun-City, South Africa (2013 ) and the 4th in Algiers, Algeria (2015). To date the congresses have been a success with regard to the society's primary goal of focusing, in its activities, on sharing experiences and raising public awareness with regard to the basic and clinical science of Primary Immune Deficiencies (PIDs) in Africa. In the same vein ASID is hosting its 5th biannual congress from 31st March to 4th April, 2017 in the tourist town of Livingstone, Zambia, and by the Mighty Victoria Falls.

Thus, on behalf of ASID, I am delighted to invite you to the 5th ASID International Biannual Congress. The congress will yet be another time of sharing our across the globe vast experiences in basic and clinical science of PIDs even as we together commit ourselves to the promotion of evidence-based management and care of individuals suffering from PIDs and seek, through better and more effective interventions, to uplift their respective quality of life particularly on the continent of Africa. To this end, the 2017 5th ASID biannual congress theme is: Towards Enhanced Care of Children with Primary Immune Deficiencies and Allergy in Africa.

The venue of the 5th ASID congress, being not only a UNESCO world heritage site but also one of the 7 natural great wonders of the globe, has a lot to offer beyond the congress. Dr. David Livingstone, the first European to have, probably, seen the falls was utterly amazed by its magnificence and he is reported to have described it as a scene gazed upon by angels in their flight. The local people best describe it as Mosi-oa-tunya that literally means the “the smoke that thunders”.

We thus hope that both pre- and post-congress all participants to the congress will have time to gaze at this 'Smoke that thunders'.

We look forward to welcoming all you colleagues and your accompanying guests from all over the world in Livingstone, Zambia, in April 2017.

James Chipeta (BSc., MBChB, PhD)

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