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    Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

World No Tobacco Day 2015: patients’ asks
Every year, on 31st of May, the World Health Organisation marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce t ...

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We welcome new EFA Members and Board
EFA’s 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Network Meeting took place on the 18th-19th of May in Malaga. The event was co-hosted by EFA member FENAER (Spanish Federation of Respiratory Diseases Assoc ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World No Tobacco Day 2015
[French version below] Respiratory patients ask for equal access to smoking cessation programmes in Europe Brussels, 29 May 2015, Ahead of the WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY – Tobacco is the key risk to dev ...

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Poor air quality in European schools
Children are exposed to poor indoor environments in schools in many countries in the WHO European Region, with issues including stuffy air, dampness and mould, uncomfortable temperatures and poorly fu ...

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Reducing tobacco use
After our contribution to the WHO Tobacco or Health conference in March, we travelled to Athens in April to participate at the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) Annual General ...

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Linking air pollution and health
In April EFA participated at the 18th meeting of the WHO Task Force on Health Effects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution, a sharing platform that advices the United Nations Economic Commission  ...

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Harmonising COPD Care in Europe - EFA project
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a preventable and treatable disease that causes inflammation of the lungs, damages the lung tissue and narrows the airways provoking a significant burde ...

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EFA COPD Projects update (March 2015)
We are delighted to share with you our new report to harmonise prevention, care and rehabilitation for COPD patients across Europe! The report focused on healthcare systems and policies in 19 Europe a ...

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Advancing tobacco control (March 2015)
In March, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and travelled to Abu Dhabi to provide the patient perspective during the World Conference on Tobacco  ...

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Pollen is in the air (March 2015)
The spring season is back and with it the increase of allergy troubles. Allergies affect more than 20% of the EU population. Today, 150 million Europeans are living with allergies, the most preva ...

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EU Policy update (March 2015)
March was full of novelties! WHO published a report on the access to new medicines in Europe and the EEA published the State of the Environment linking environmental policies to our health. The Commis ...

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EFA in events (March 2015)
Much new evidence of interest for allergy, asthma and COPD patients was published in March. We attended the launch of the EMA 20th years anniversary, the Roadmap for sustainable care, the EEA State of ...

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COPD explained
Hello, If you are reading this article because you or someone close to you live with COPD, do not worry, you are not alone. Approximately 5-10% of all adults in European countries that live with COP ...

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Allergy explained
Hello, If you are reading this article because you or someone close to you live with allergies, do not worry, you are not alone. At EFA, we represent the 150 million of Europeans living with allergi ...

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Boosting Health Literacy for Adolescents with Asthma - EFA project
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood although symptoms and disease can cease before adulthood with adequate treatment. Today, 30 million European children and adults below the age of ...

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Relieve the burden of allergies - EFA project
Allergology is not recognised as a medical specialisation in most European countries and respiratory allergies are often treated at primary care services. However, primary care physicians usually have ...

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EFA Capacity Building Project (ongoing)
EFA consists of 38 national patient associations from across Europe, each organistaion varies in their disease focus, capacity and resources. Through capacity building, EFA aims to enable its members  ...

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EU Policy update (January 2015)
2015 has started with new leadership to boost patients' access to healthcare, Latvia taking over the Presidency of the European Union and a freshly approved European Commission Work Programme. In this ...

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EU Policy update (December 2014)
Despite many positive concerns showed by the European Union on the matter of public health and patients’ safety, the biggest and most worrying news of December is that the National Emission Ceilings ( ...

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EU Policy update (November 2014)
European Commission structural changes affecting public health The new European Commission has started its work as from the 1st November launching the final decision on the organisation of responsib ...

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