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EFA calls for a European Air Quality strategy at the European Health Parliament
EFA was invited to bring the perspective of allergy and airways diseases patients to a debate on environment and human health at the 3rd Plenary of the European Health Parliament, an advocacy forum co ...

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Environmental agency calls for action to protect Europeans from air pollution and noise
Better alignment of social and environment policies and improved local action is necessary to tackle environmental justice issues. These are the results of a report issued by the European Environment  ...

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COP24 reports how much climate change and fossil fuels harm our respiratory health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) COP24 special report on health and climate change shows that climate change undermines people’s access to clean air, safe drinking-water, sufficient food and secure ...

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Asthma Society of Ireland launches social media campaigns on asthma and winter
EFA Member the Asthma Society Ireland has had a quite busy start into 2019. In January, they were running two campaigns simultaneously, Operation Asthma and Winter Wellness. Operation Asthma aims to ...

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EFA trains allergy and airways diseases patient leaders at Meet and Greet the EU
The upcoming EU elections provide great opportunities to strengthen the voice of people living with allergies and airways diseases across Europe. Hence, this years’ EFA Meet & Greet training on Ja ...

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EU discussions on the Air Quality Directives shift towards the toll pollution has on our health
EFA participated in the 2nd Stakeholder Workshop organised by the European Commission on January 15 in the context of the ongoing Fitness Check of the Ambient Air Quality Directives. The final ev ...

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HEAL’s Annual General Meeting
In October 17-18, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Isabel Proaño participated in the Annual General Assembly of the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) to share best practices and move forward.  ...

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European Atopic Eczema Day
Last September 14th the atopic eczema patient community belonging to EFA’s Members marked the first ever European Atopic Eczema Awareness Day to inform and bring attention to this allergic disease  ...

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Our health is not sufficiently protected from air pollution, says the EU Court of auditors
Every year, more than 400,000 premature deaths in the EU are caused by air pollution, resulting in significant human and economic costs. A new report from the European Court of Auditors published in ...

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SAVE THE DATE! The European Parliament Interest Group’s event on the barriers to research in chronic NCDs in Europe
Next 9th October 2018, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, is organising an event entitled “How to overcome the barriers to research in chronic NCDs in Europe? The case of al ...

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Should the EU revise the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives? Patients say YES!
The European Commission launched in May-July a process to gather information on the impact and added value of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives from stakeholders. It is what has been fancily calle ...

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The 7th Environment Action Programme evaluated by allergy and respiratory patients
The European Commission launched a public consultation to evaluate the 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP), which is the strategic document that guides EU policy to reduce pollution in the air, ...

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Check the air quality in your city! WHO publishes the biggest ambient air pollution database
This May 2018, the World Health Organisation has updated the ambient air quality database, which now covers 4,300 cities in 108 countries. These data are the world’s most comprehensive database on amb ...

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EU Summit on airways diseases, air pollution and mobile health
Digital tools are already part of our daily life, whether they are mobile applications or connected machines. In health, digital tools can play a key role in allowing guided self-management, leading t ...

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Sweden is closer to ban smoking outdoors, as asked by patients
It is well recognized today that tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing diseases like respiratory tract infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But law has been  ...

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WHO encourages European action on air pollution to protect health
On the 13th of February, EFA Director of Policy and Strategy Roberta Savli participated in a briefing organised by our partner Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) together with the World Health Org ...

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Good push for better air quality, but not indoors
The Council’s Presidency has an important impact on EU policy. Since January 2018, Bulgaria is holding the presidency and therefore establishing the priorities of the council for first 6 months of 201 ...

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Air quality: Many Member States not complying, EU softens pollution targets
Pollution is the largest health inequality in Europe and is one of EFA’s main concerns, as airways diseases patients are particularly affected by dirty air. According to the World Health Organisa ...

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Our own homes are making us sick: Energy efficiency is part of the cure
Editorial: EFA President, Mikaela Odemyr. Published on Euractiv. Given that we spend 90% of our time indoors, the quality of our homes, schools and workplaces is a critical public health issue. Grow ...

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Air pollution is everywhere, but in what form? – ERS Masterclass
Whilst the air we breathe has immediate effects on our health, the quality and control of the air depend on many factors, sometimes unknown to patients because too technical. We thank in advance the E ...

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