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World Asthma Day: European grassroots initiatives to connect with the asthma community
On May 7th, airways diseases patients celebrated World Asthma Day all over the globe to raise awareness for the disease. In Europe, EFA communicated about current problems related to access to diagnos ...

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World No Tobacco Day will emphasise lung health
This World No Tobacco Day will be a great opportunity to reflect on the effects tobacco has on our respiratory health, as our lungs and airways will be in the spotlight during the day. Tobacco is the  ...

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EFA #ShowLeadership campaign focuses on Risk Factors
EFA and EFA Members stand by the fact that prevention and addressing risk factors are key areas to improve the health of those living with allergies and airways diseases.
Event report of the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma published
On 20th March, the European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma, co-run by EFA and EAACI, organised at the European Parliament a Breakfast Policy Meeting on a renewed EU policy agenda on a ...

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Can people in Europe afford to pay for healthcare? New WHO Report
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has conducted the first systematically report to monitor healthcare related financial protection in Europe. It focuses on financial hardship and unmet needs for hea ...

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WHO publishes first guidelines on digital health interventions
Over the last years, digital tools and solutions have increased their presence within the health sector. Their added value is to be found in numerous aspects, including access to information, diagnosi ...

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European Parliament adopts resolution on Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals
In its last plenary sitting under the current election term, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs). Such are chemicals that, at a certain level, can have ...

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15 EU countries fail to submit their National Air Pollution Control Programme
More than half of EU member states did not meet a key deadline in late April to submit their national air pollution programmes, an obligation under the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive. Ad ...

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EU leaders discuss Future of Europe in Sibiu: our health struggles to be a priority
On May 9th, the EU prime ministers and presidents convened in Sibiu (Romania) to discuss the Future of Europe. The purpose of the meeting was the renewal of the leaders’ commitment to the EU, as well  ...

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EFA joins academics in calling for EU health research in action for equality in health
EU health research has made significant strides in better knowledge on prevention and care related topics, but how can research actually promote equality in health. The third forum of the Horizon 2020 ...

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Europeans have positive attitudes towards vaccination, Eurobarometer shows
In March 2019, the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) conducted a study on Europeans’ attitudes towards vaccination. The results of this Special Eurobaromete ...

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CURE asthma project news
In early May, CURE has been highlighted in an article presenting the project and its first results. The article can be found here. Furthermore, EFA did an interview with Prof. Dr. Johan Garssen, Mem ...

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Join EFA webinar on patients’ data and research
The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in 2018 has risen concerns on the ownership and use of personal data. The use of personal data is necessary in medical research to enable new ...

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New outdoor air quality factsheet by Allergy UK
EFA Member, Allergy UK, has published an outdoor air quality factsheet. The quick guide provides all necessary information on how outdoor air quality links to allergy, where air pollution comes from a ...

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FENAER asks for more nurses at schools to care for asthma
EFA Member, FENAER, has held a special meeting with the president of the Spanish nurses and physiotherapists trade union to promote the presence of nurses at school. In addition, FENAER carried out mu ...

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World Asthma Day in Italy
EFA Member, Federasma e Allergie Onlus Italia, attended a press conference on new initiatives for Asthma in the Gemelli Hospital, affiliated with the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Rome. The ...

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EFA launches #ShowLeadership campaign
Living with allergies and airways diseases has become a daily burden for over 200 million people in Europe. The drastic increase of people living with allergy, asthma and COPD has overwhelmed European ...

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WHO urges stronger action to reduce deaths from Non-Communicable diseases in Europe
On April 9th and 10th, the World Health Organisation (WHO) held a High-Level Conference on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Turkmenistan. The discussions were focused on national actions to reduce  ...

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Delivering patient value discussed at EU Parliament
To mark the 13th European Patients’ Rights Day, EFA attended the conference on ‘Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system’ organised in the European Parliament by the Active Citizenshi ...

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EU Coalition for Vaccination unites for confidence
The first meeting of the ‘EU Coalition for Vaccination’, convened by the European Commission Directorate General on Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) united student and healthcare professional organis ...

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