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The European Health Report 2012 The European Health report 2012 describing the overall improvements in health in the WHO European region has now been made available on-line. The general report, published every three years, aims to support and provide the evidence base for the strategic objectives and priorities of Health 2020, the new European policy framework to support actions across government and society for health and wellbeing, endorsed in

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EFA in Meetings

EFA Funding Partners Meeting Our funding partners meeting also took place on the 11 March at EFA Office in Brussels. Every year, EFA invites its funders in a transparent way to meet with the EFA team and the board and discuss progress. For EFA, its also an opportunity to hear from sponsors on their views on supporting EFA in our mission. EFA sincerely thanks all our funding partners for their contribution into our core as well as project funding

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Member News

Longfonds contribution to patients’ involvement in research EFA member Longfonds featured in article from an international medical journal for its efforts in a government initiative aiming to empower patient participation within lung research. The unique study uses case studies to demonstrate the added value patients provide to research projects when their input is valued and integrated successfully. In a special issue on Asthma Research this month

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EU Air Quality

  EU Air Quality cover photo courtesy of: Francois De Ribaucourt www.deribaucourt.com EFA contributes to newly published HEAL report on how coal is affecting health The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), of which EFA is a member, launched a report in March entitled ‘The Unpaid Health Bill: how coal power plants make up sick’, showing the negative impact air pollution, and in particular emissions from coal power plants, have on health.

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EU Projects Update

EFA Partners with Work Package 9 on e-Newsletter and Questionnaire in U-BIOPRED Over the past several months since the U-BIOPRED annual meeting in January, EFA has partnered with the European Lung Foundation (ELF), Asthma UK, Longfonds and other partners from Work Package 9 (WP9) to generate the U-BIOPRED Spring 2013 newsletter. The newsletter includes an interview with Xian Yang (a PhD student and researcher in the project), patients’ stories

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EFA at the European Medicines Agency

EFA participates in the joint meeting of the EMA Patient and Consumer Working Party (PCWP) & Health Care Professionals Working Party At the end of February EFA Board member Lina Buzermaniene attended the joint meeting of the Patient and Consumer & Health Care Professionals Working Parties organised by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in London. This joint meeting with representatives from patients’, consumers’ and healthcare

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EFA in Meetings

EFA attends public hearings on the EU Tobacco Products Directive The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) held a hearing in Brussels on the 19 February in order to allow stakeholders of the new Tobacco Products Directive to inform themselves on positions on the proposal. EFA, represented by Susanna Palkonen, was surprised that around two-thirds of those present represented the tobacco industry. However, the health NGOs presented a strong

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EFA Project Round-Up

EFA Allergy Awareness Project  Over the past month EFA has circulated letters to its partner organisations inviting them to ask their members to sign EFA’s Call to Action on respiratory allergies in Europe. EFA sincerely thanks its partners for their assistance as we have now collected just over 1,400 signatures since the website was launched a year ago. Among the signatories there are five Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and over half

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EU Policy Updates

Policy Round-Up The results of the HealthVent project were presented at the European Parliament (see article above) and the European Commission was requested to issue a Green Paper on indoor air quality in conjunction with the EU Year of Air and the revision of the EU air legislation.  EFA is preparing a briefing on the Commission’s proposal for the Seventh Environmental Action Programme (7 EAP), “Living well, within the limits of our planet”.

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HealthVent Guidelines

HealthVent event at the European Parliament – Health-based ventilation guidelines for Europe On 20 February 2013 EFA organised an event in the European Parliament at which the HealthVent project consortium presented the HealthVent guidelines (see our January article). The event was hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler and attracted more than 50 participants who learnt about the project’s results and exchanged ideas in view of the final report of the

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EFA President to speak at IMI conference in Dublin

EFA President Breda Flood will speak at an Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) entitled ‘Applying open innovation to bring personalised medicine to new disease areas’. The event will take place in Dublin at the Crowne Plaza Dublin-Northwood Hotel on the afternoon of the 20th of March. The workshop is organised within the framework of a wider event on innovation and patient access to personalised medicine organised by the European Alliance for

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Member News

Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association tells of Norwegian hopes for a national allergy and asthma programme  EFA’s Norwegian member, the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, has been keeping us up to up to date on plans in Norway to adopt a 10 year national asthma and allergy programme for the period 2014 – 2023. So far the Association has reported excellent collaboration between it and the Norwegian Health Authorities (Directorate of

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