Press releases

Will Europe miss a chance for a clean and healthy air?

BRUSSELS, 23 October 2006 - European Health and Environment Ministers have one of their biggest opportunities ever to affect the future health and well being of European citizens. They will be meeting in Luxembourg to formulate a “Common Position” on European Union Health Air Quality Standards. Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and EFA are united in their conviction of the supreme importance of this

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WHO launches global alliance to fight chronic respiratory diseases

BEIJING, 28 March 2006 – Today, members of the World Health Organization (WHO) met in China for the official launch of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD).  GARD seeks to build awareness of chronic respiratory diseases (CRD), promote prevention against risk factors as well as improve the quality and affordability of care to patients with chronic respiratory diseases in all countries, with a particular emphasis on developing

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World COPD Day 2005 – 16 November 2005

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a devastating and irreversible lung disease, which affects 44 million in Europe and causes around 2.75 million deaths globally every year. COPD weighs heavily on the pockets of European governments, costing nearly 51 billion euros per year. It is the sixth most common cause of death in Europe, due to become the third most common by 2020, and yet public awareness of COPD is extremely low. Frighteningly,

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European asthma patients living in isolation and fear of fatal attack

European Respiratory Society Congress, Copenhagen, Monday, 19 September, 2005 – The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) launches a new report into severe asthma today. It alarmingly reveals that millions of Europeans suffer from uncontrolled asthma symptoms which are so serious that they not only significantly impact on their quality of life, but also cause fear, isolation and social exclusion. Media

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Allergic Rhinitis Patients Speak Out

World Allergy Congress, Munich; 28 June 2005, Conducted by the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) in 11 countries, the Patient Voice Allergy Survey of 3,562 patients reveals the extent to which allergic rhinitis can disrupt people’s activities of daily living. Press release Allergy Summary Report

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A European patient perspective on severe asthma

World Asthma Day, 3rd May 2005 - New research reported by EFA (the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations) shows that at least 1.5 million Europeans with severe asthma are living in constant fear that suffocating attacks will kill them. Press release Survey Fact-sheet Asthma Backgrounder

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The Burden of Asthma in Europe

World Asthma Day, 14 May 2004 - On World Asthma Day 4 May 2004 GINA Global Initiative for Asthma published their Global Burden of Asthma report. The report is based on standardized data collected in epidemiology studies in more than 80 countries. Burden of Asthma in Europe Fact Sheet

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EFA Supports World COPD Day

19th November 2003 - EFA Supports World COPD Day Poster

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EFA calls for Awareness and Action on COPD in Europe

19th November 2003 - EFA launches website dedicated to COPD patients and carers. Press release

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Failure in Asthma Management reported by Asthma Experts

17th November 2003 - PatientHealth care groups in Europearound the world are uniting today, World COPD Day, to extend public awareness of and call for action on of the debilitating and deadly illness, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the 4th leading cause of death worldwide, yet 75% of those affected remain undiagnosed. Press release Poster

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Food Allergy Patients in Europe want to know what they eat

17th May 2003 - Food Labelling. An estimated 4 % of the adults and 8 % of the children in EU suffer from food allergy. EFA the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations would like to remind, that labelling of food ingredients is the most direct way to inform the consumer on ingredients in food. Press release

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