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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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EU digital prescriptions system kicks off in Finland and Estonia
We welcome the initiative giving patients the possibility to use digital prescriptions: prescriptions issued by a doctor at home can be issued when going to a pharmacist in another EU member state.  ...

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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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New EFA publication: the impact of Atopic Eczema on daily life
Atopic eczema is one of the most common non-communicable inflammatory diseases. Still, its impact on patients’ lives is often underestimated and ignored. In 2018, we studied the impact severe atopic e ...

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Quaterly Summary from EFA Working Groups
In December 2018 and January 2019 we organised follow-up calls with EFA Working Groups to discuss hot topics and share national experiences important for allergy and airways diseases patients. Food  ...

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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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Many obstacles remain to the involvement of patients in the ongoing EU HTA environment
On January 16th, EFA attended the annual meeting of the Health Technology Assessment Network Stakeholder Pool, hosted by the European Commission. During the meeting, participants discussed about how t ...

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The Council of the European Union adopts recommendations on vaccination
The absence of vaccination has the potential to significantly increase the possibility of virus-transmitted diseases such as pneumonia and influenza, which can be life threatening for people living wi ...

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EFA 2018 Capacity Building Webinars
In 2018 we provided our membership with a novelty in our Capacity Building program, a series of webinars in English where they could develop their knowledge. Starting from the basics, in the trainin ...

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EAACI Strategic Forum
EFA President Mikaela Odemyr addressed a distinguished audience on the topics for allergy and asthma patients, namely prevention, care, participation and research for cure. On the prevention side, M ...

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EFA meets Romanian patients who aim to build a national organisation
On 19 th of November 2018, EFA organised a meeting with a group of patients in Brasov, Romania, willing to establish a patient organisation on respiratory diseases and allergy. This was supported by I ...

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EFA joins the leadership of PACT
PACT is an awarded innovative and inclusive ‘pact’ for fair access for patients, led by the EPF and the Bulgarian Patient Platform. Susanna joined the partners assembly in Brussels in December. The As ...

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Advocacy to increase EU research investment at the High-Level Conference on EU Research and Innovation
In March 2000, the European Union stated the ambitious goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, by 2010. To achieve it, the EU has gone through several r ...

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Stakeholders efforts to put health in the EU elections debate
Following the #EU4Health campaign, led by EPHA and EPF, on November 29 th the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA) organised an EU Health Summit to discuss with health ...

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EPF Taskforce on nutrition
On 4 th December, EFA joined the EPF Patient task force meeting on nutrition, together with ten other representatives of EU umbrella and national patients’ associations. The meeting was chaired by Mr  ...

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Feedback from the ‘European Patient Innovation Summit’
Which digital technologies have the greatest potential to empower patients? What actions can patient organisations take? These two questions were at the core of the European Patient Innovation Summit  ...

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The burden of allergy has decreased in Finland
EFA member, the Finnish Lung Health Association (Filha) organized the National Asthma and Allergy Conference in Helsinki on November 22 nd and 23 rd . In the final seminar of the Finnish Allergy Progr ...

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Lecture Day at World COPD Day in Prague
On 23 rd November a lecture Day on World COPD Day has been organized in Prague offering 14 interesting lectures to participants. The program was primarily meant for doctors and nurses, but it was also ...

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WHO first global air pollution conference
This October, the World Health Organisation held the first global air pollution conference. With 7 million people dying from air pollution each year, including 600 000 children, putting COPD, asthma a ...

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Capacity Building webinars
As announced in our October newsletter, our Capacity Building project is up and running with a new format to allow all our members to participate and benefit from it. We started the webinar series a ...

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Latest research - COPD

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand (TSANZ) are looking for information to understand how people with a lung condition are currently cared for  ...

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During 2017 we will promote physical exercise to improve the quality of life of patients living with COPD. The first videos have already been realised by our friends and patient advocates Günther Hirs ...

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