Press releases

Will Europe Suffocate or Breathe?

BRUSSELS,16 June 2010 - On June 30th following the European Open Health Forum, EFA will hold an important event hosted by MEP Catherine Stihler, at the European Parliament in Brussels to mark the launch of a new European Call to Action on COPD. COPD affects approximately 44 million in Europe, and is the fourth leading cause of mortality. The “EFA Book on COPD in Europe. Sharing and Caring” shed light on this “underdiagnosed, undertreated and

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Live-saving decisions at the European Parliament on food labelling

BRUSSELS, 14 June 2010 - EFA together with the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) highlight the importance of the plenary vote at the European Parliament on the food labelling regulation on 16th of June. MEPs have a unique opportunity to improve the life of people with food allergy in several ways, through making information on non prepacked food mandatory, and through adopting an amendment which proposes to establish

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Governments not protecting the health of citizens

BRUSSELS, 10 June- The European Respiratory Society (ERS) together with the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) slam the non-action of the Council of Minster’s on the Industrial Emissions Directive. "Governments should not chicken out of their responsibility by seeking unnecessary derogations that fly in the face of the EU’s air quality targets. Citizen’s respiratory health can be improved through

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Today is World Asthma Day: All severe asthma is not the same!

BRUSSELS, 4 May 2010 - One person still dies of severe asthma every six hours in Europe. In order to inform patients, the public and healthcare professionals on severe asthma and research progress, the U-BIOPRED consortium is launching its website today! EFA is a proud partner of the U-BIOPRED. Too few therapies are successfully developed for severe asthma and the U-BIOPRED project aims at fostering the development of targeted therapies, by proving

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Urgent need for change and an EU strategy to fight COPD

BRUSSELS, 18 November 2009 , World COPD Day - EFA launched today the 'EFA Book on COPD in Europe - Sharing and Caring for the first time from patient perspective comparing the care of people with COPD from patient perspective in 12 countries. The book sheds light on an “underdiagnosed, undertreated and neglected disease”. Mrs Catherine Stihler, MEP said “I highly commend the work of EFA. It is vital that people across Europe and the world are

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WHO and EFA Call for Global Action on Respiratory Disease

ROME, 11 June 2009 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases (EFA) today announced that they are bringing together over 150 international delegates to discuss the growing epidemic of Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) that affects one billion people worldwide. The conference will look into the role of patient organisations and the implementation of the GARD Action Plan 2008-2013 within the framework

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Know Your Air For Health

BRUSSELS, 19 November 2008, World COPD Day (WCD) - EFA and Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) launched today a website www.knowyourairforhealth.eu tailored to the needs of people with COPD and other respiratory diseases to check national and local air quality and to learn the steps they can take to minimise any adverse effects. The website also provides information about the current action of the European Union to improve air quality. EFA and

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Two thirds of people with asthma do not lead a full life

BRUSSELS, 6 May 2008, World Asthma Day (WAD) - Two in three people with asthma still feel that their condition is in some way preventing them achieving what they want from life and they want to know more. 'I am delighted that patients want to know more, prevent and take control of their asthma - we should all - patient organisations, health care professionals, policy makers and others support this and spring into action on asthma together with the

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COPD – Its hard to speak up when you are struggling to breathe.

STRASBOURG, 14 November 2007, World COPD Day, European Parliament EFA-ERS-ELF Press Conference - MEP Catherine Stihler launched a written declaration on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to help Europe combat the disease. The declaration calls the EU and the Member states to shape up, and work on prevention, equal access to early diagnosis and correct treatment, develop smoking cessation strategies, fund research into the causes, prevalence

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Largest survey ever on severe asthma

BRUSSELS, 5 March 2007, Bibliotheque Solvay, EFA Press Conference - A ground-breaking survey revealing the potentially catastrophic impact of severe asthma on the lives of people across Europe has been published in the latest issue of leading scientific journal, Allergy. According to the report, commissioned by The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations (EFA), 90% of the 6 million people in Europe with severe asthma

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The EU prioritises research on allergic and respiratory diseases

BRUSSELS, 30 November 2006 - EFA and International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) welcome the European Parliament’s Plenary vote on the 7th Framework Programme on Research (FP7), which makes allergic and respiratory diseases an EU research priority for the next seven years.The vote took place in line with the Council’s position, so the Programme will come into force 1st January 2007. Joint press release EFA-IPCRG

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COPD Declaration launched at the European Parliament

BRUSSELS, 15 November 2006 - European COPD patients and pneumologists mark World COPD Day 15 November 2006 and welcome the launch of a written declaration in the European Parliament calling upon the EU to pay more attention to this under-recognised and under-funded disease. Joint press release EFA-ERS-ELF

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