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New EP Group on Asthma and Allergy

MEPs Sirpa Pietikainen and Nessa Childers, patients and doctors have joined forces in an Interest Group to take actions on allergy and asthma in Europe, launched on 25 March at the European Parliament. We are delighted that the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, DG Environment, DG SANTE and the WHO Europe, together with our partners ERS and HEAL and industry representatives attended the launch.  The Interest Group will serve to share

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EFA COPD Projects update (March 2015)

We are delighted to share with you our new report to harmonise prevention, care and rehabilitation for COPD patients across Europe! The report focused on healthcare systems and policies in 19 Europe and will serve as an advocacy tool for policy change for COPD at national level. In March, we also met with airport representatives to reduce obstacles for COPD patients under oxygen treatment deciding to travel by plane. New EFA Report: “Harmonizing

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Advancing tobacco control (March 2015)

In March, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and travelled to Abu Dhabi to provide the patient perspective during the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. In this section you will also get updated about the European Parliament initiative to fight the tobacco lobby and the latest steps towards tobacco plain packaging. Our role at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health Tobacco kills one person

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EFA Members news (March 2015)

EFA Board meeting was hosted by the Asthma Society of Ireland: Thank you! EFA Board had their meeting in preparation of our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the offices of the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) on the 23rd of March. We were delighted to meet the ASI Chair, Maelíosa OhOgartaigh, the Director Sharon Cosgrove and her team at the office and hear about their fantastic work to improve the health of people with asthma and their families

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Pollen is in the air (March 2015)

The spring season is back and with it the increase of allergy troubles. Allergies affect more than 20% of the EU population. Today, 150 million Europeans are living with allergies, the most prevalent chronic disease in Europe. To put allergy to pollen on the agenda we participated in March at the final conference of the Atopica project (Atopic diseases in changing climate, land use and air quality). Funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme for

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EU Policy update (March 2015)

March was full of novelties! WHO published a report on the access to new medicines in Europe and the EEA published the State of the Environment linking environmental policies to our health. The Commission announced a prize for alternative solutions to the use of antibiotics and the European Patients Forum (EPF) adopted its positions on adherence/concordance and on the communication of clinical trials results to patients. WHO report on the access

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EFA in events (March 2015)

Much new evidence of interest for allergy, asthma and COPD patients was published in March. We attended the launch of the EMA 20th years anniversary, the Roadmap for sustainable care, the EEA State of the Environment Report and the Healthy Homes Eurobarometer. EFA also particpated at the European Summit on Innovatin for Active and Healthy Ageing and several seminars on medicines and clinical trials. European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy

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Press Release: EP Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma

Launch of new European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma Brussels, 25 March, 2015 – Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), patients, doctors have joined forces in an Interest Group to take actions on allergy and asthma in Europe that will be launched on March 25 at the European Parliament. Under the leadership of MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen (Finland, EPP), the Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma will strive to give a clearer policy

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Press Release: Beware of Allergy campaign

FOOD ALLERGY: a burden carried by more than 17 million of Europeans In Europe, 1 out of every 20 children has one or more food allergies In the last decade, the cases of food allergies have doubled and the number of hospitalisations caused by severe allergic reactions has increased 7-fold More awareness and education is needed to improve management of food allergies and anaphylaxis With more than 17 million of Europeans suffering from allergies1,

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Press Release: International Women’s Day

Take action to decrease the burden of asthma in women   Brussels, 8 March 2015, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – In the European Union women live on average five years longer than men (1) but report having lower satisfaction with their health status.  The quality of life and wellbeing women experience as they age is not always satisfactory. Chronic diseases are responsible for a large part of illness, disability and mortality in the EU, accounting

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Chronic diseases in Europe (February 2015)

February has been an enriching month in the fight against chronic diseases prevalence and burden in Europe: two main events have been organised in The Hague and Brussels with the support of the European Commission and a book on “Assessing chronic disease management in European health systems” was published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. European is ageing resulting in an increase in chronic diseases: today 80% of

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EFA Members News (February 2015)

Patient-led initiatives not only bring meaningful results for patients, but also broader support. In February, EFA Dutch Member Longfonds was awarded with a significant donation to fund their e-nose project; Italian Federasma e Allergie developed an app for asthma patients; Swedish Astma och Allergi Föndurbet created a travel food allergy, Allergy UK prepares for its annual conference and EFA was delighted to visit the British Lung Foundation. EFA

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