Support World Aspergillosis Day at Home or at Work
World Aspergillosis Day (WAD) 2020 is almost here! The big day is 27 February and here are a few ways that you can support the occasion and help raise awareness of aspergillosis.
Submit your selfie!
The Aspergillosis Trust are asking people to show their support by downloading a selfie card, taking a selfie with it and uploading it to their ‘Selfie Hall of Fame’. Please get involved and show your support!
Add a WAD2020 graphic to your email signature.
The National Aspergillosis Centre have produced a signature graphic for you to use on emails. Feel free to save your favourite coloured version and share it far and wide!
Show your support for WAD2020 on your social media profile pictures.
You can support the campaign to raise awareness of aspergillosis by adding The National Aspergillosis Centre’s twibbon to your profile picture. Twibbon will create a new profile picture for you containing the WAD2020 logo. Download this image and upload it to Twitter.
For Facebook, it’s much simpler; just add this frame!
Use social media header images for LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.
Please take a look, download and choose your favourite colour.
Display a poster in your office or in a window at home.
Print out and display The National Aspergillosis Centre’s WAD2020 poster.
Host a coffee morning to raise awareness.
On 27 February at 10:00, The National Aspergillosis Centre will be hosting a virtual coffee morning at AAAM2020 (more below). They will be talking online to patients, researchers and clinicians. It is hoped that people living with aspergillosis will join in online to raise awareness and share their lived experiences with the doctors and scientists who treat and research the condition.
The National Aspergillosis Centre invite you to run your own events at home and at work. So why not gather your friends, family or colleagues, make a brew, enjoy a slice of cake and tweet about taking a moment out of your day to raise awareness using the hashtag #worldaspergillosisday2020.
Here’s a few resources to download to decorate your home or office. There is bunting, cake labels and invitations. WAD2020 Coffee Morning Assets
Advances Against Aspergillosis and Mucromycosis 2020.
The 9th Advances Against Aspergillosis and Mucormycosis conference will take place in Lugano, Switzerland from 27 – 29 February 2020. This conference is the premier forum for detailed and dedicated discussion of all aspects of Aspergillus infection and research.
Impact statements from people living with aspergillosis will be displayed at the conference on World Aspergillosis Day to bring the patient voice to the largely academic event.
The Aspergillosis Trust.
As well as their fantastic ‘Selfie Hall of Fame’, The Aspergillosis Trust have also arranged a raffle which has raised a fantastic £325 for the Fungal Infection Trust. The raffle will be drawn by the National Aspergillosis Centre team on 27 February.
The Aspergillosis Trust have also been awarded a charitable donation from Pfizer to produce a billboard poster which will be displayed at King’s Cross tube station for 2 weeks! Do not forget to tweet if you see it using #worldaspergillosisday!
The Aspergillosis Trust have contacted all 199 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England and have sent them an aspergillosis awareness poster that can be displayed in GP surgeries across the country. This poster has been downloaded over 50 times and has been sent out to 40 patients. It has been sent to medical, pharmacy, nursing and physiotherapy schools too. The Aspergillosis Trust have also been liaising with NHS England to have a notice about aspergillosis and WAD posted on the NHS intranet.
There will be blog posts and videos too, so make sure you follow #worldaspergillosisday on social media!
Developing Medical Mycology in Ghana.
Fungal Infections Kare Initiative (FIKI) in Ghana will host a webinar on World Aspergillosis Day on the need to develop medical mycology diagnostic facilities in resource limited settings. Moderated by Bright Ocansey, President of FIKI, Ghana, the event will be attended by Professor Malcolm Richardson (Director of the Mycology Reference Centre, Manchester) and Iriagbonse Osaigbovo (Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria). It will take place on 27 February at 13:00 GMT, registration is free and more information is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.