Press releases

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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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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