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EFA Networking Day 2015

Starting in 2011, EFA began to integrate an optional event, called the Networking Day following the AGM, to provide EFA members with the opportunity to get to know each other better and collaborate more often. In 2015 the Networking Day will take place on 19 May, in Málaga, Spain, one day after the AGM 2015 Málaga.  The Networking Day 2013 aims at providing the basis for sharing best practices, projects and ideas among members, planning future

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EFA Annual General Meeting 2015

Each year the EFA organizes an Annual General Meeting in a city corresponding to an EFA member organisation, who volunteers to assist in hosting the event. AGM Málaga 2015 for EFA Members and Patient Group Observers The next AGM will take place in Spain and will be co-hosted by the Spanish Federation of  Respiratory Diseases Associations (FENAER) in Málaga, Spain and will take place on the 18th May 2015. All EFA members are invited to participate,

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EFA Projects update (January 2015)

Our contribution on allergy action at national level was presented to the Italian Ministry of Health by a delegation formed by patients, doctors, and researchers and our work to enable air travel with medical oxygen for COPD patients continued through a meeting with the German authorities. Allergy Awareness Project – Meeting the Italian Health Ministry On December 19, EFA Member FederASMA e ALLERGIE Onlus met in Rome with the Italian Ministry

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MyAirCoach update

MyAirCoach kick-off meeting: the quest for an asthma and COPD self-management tool In January, the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, the project coordinator, hosted the kick-off meeting of MyAirCoach project in Thessaloniki, Greece. The project, funded by EU Programme Horizon 2020, brings together 12 research centres, academia, patient organisations and innovative SMEs from all over Europe, including EFA and Asthma UK. The meeting was an

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m-Health consultation

Mobile health applications are quickly evolving topic that needs attention regarding patient privacy, security and safety legislation while giving an interesting opportunity to support self-management and daily life with allergy, asthma and COPD. The EU and public health community are developing the future EU policies to regulate mobile health. Limited patient input in to the EC consultation on Mobile Health In July 2014, we took part in the European

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EU Policy update (January 2015)

2015 has started with new leadership to boost patients' access to healthcare, Latvia taking over the Presidency of the European Union and a freshly approved European Commission Work Programme. In this article you will find Latvia’s plans in the field of health, what happened with the clean air legislation in Europe, and the best strategies to stop non-communicable diseases, reduce tobacco consumption and medical devices materials are safe to use.

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EFA in Events (January 2015)

Apart from the fantastic launch of a Parliament Interest Group on Access to Healthcare, January was full of opportunities to link up patients with other communities through a training for primary care doctors in Italy, a symposium on allergy with educational professionals in France, or our endorsement to the European Respiratory Society campaign launch in Brussels. Training for primary care doctors on patients’ needs [caption id="attachment_6501"

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EFA Members news (January 2015)

Patients took the floor in national televisions in January. Allergy UK closely worked with BBC to feature the anxiety of parents of little allergic children and Bulgarian ABBA shown the patients discomfort with the Government plans on reimbursement reduction for COPD treatments.   The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Association launches a fundraising campaign Elderly people living with asthma are at the heart of the latest fundraising campaign of

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Highlights 2014

This year has been of special important for EFA, not only our membership grew with three new members from Croatia, Ireland and Latvia, but also we welcomed new faces in our team. 2014 has been a year of significant developments at the European arena. The biggest change is related to the election of the new European Parliament and the new European Commission for the term 2014-2019. To ensure the needs and asks of asthma, allergy and COPD patients

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e-Cigarettes policy guide

As the Tobacco Products Directive will be soon implemented at national level, EFA and ENSP we have developed a guide for EU Member States with recommendations on the regulation of electronic cigarettes in their countries. Do not miss it! Earlier this year, the European Union adopted the new directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products (2014/40/EU). Article 20 of this directive regulates electronic cigarettes in the European

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EU Policy update (December 2014)

Despite many positive concerns showed by the European Union on the matter of public health and patients’ safety, the biggest and most worrying news of December is that the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive aimed to improve air quality in Europe has been withdrawn from the European Commission’s agenda for 2015. A new Start for Europe: jobs and employment but not health [caption id="attachment_6438" align="alignright" width="300"] EC Vice-President

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EFA Members news (December 2014)

Irish patients ask for stronger smoky coal legislation EFA Member Asthma Society of Ireland organized an event to urge the Irish government to adopt a smoky coal ban to ensure clean air for all. According to the European Environmental Agency estimates, 1,229 lives were lost prematurely in Ireland because of poor air quality. However, since the Irish capital Dublin adopted a smoky coal ban in 1990, up to 9,000 have been saved from coal polluted air.

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