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

How to communicate health risks of air pollution? Our views at WHO meeting
In February we were invited to a close round table organised by the World Health Organisation European division in Bonn on the “Software AirQ+ for the assessment of the health risks of air pollution:  ...

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COPD MOVE, we are looking for COPD patient ambassadors
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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Great satisfaction among EFA Capacity Building participants
EFA’s 2016 Capacity Building project ended in January 2017 with a last session held in Kent, United Kingdom, together with our member Allergy UK. In 2016 we also visited other EFA members in Portugal, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Smartphones could improve young people’s health literacy and adherence
2016 European Health Forum Gastein (Austria) – Asthma is the most common chronic disease in childhood. Today, 30 million European children and adults below the age of 45 years old have asthma and 15,0 ...

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Our programme at ERS Congress
The 26th International Congress of the European Respiratory Society, the largest meeting in the world in the respiratory field, with more than 20.000 participants expected, is starting this Saturday i ...

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EFA’s research on asthma in adolescence will be presented in Gastein
Our latest survey on adherence to treatment of young patients with asthma will be presented at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), the most influential EU health policy conference that will take ...

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Is pollen a pollutant? Our views at the European Aerobiology Symposium
EFA was invited to open the European Symposium on Aerobiology celebrated in Lyon from the 18th-22nd July. The event was organised by the European Aerobiology Society and aimed to share latest research ...

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European Association of Systems Medicine Conference
The European Association of Systems Medicine (EASyM) is organisation its first conference on October 26th-28th in Berlin, that will gather scientists from all over Europe, including physicians, biolog ...

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EFA President moderates debate on care and research at EAACI Congress
On the 13th of June, EFA President Mikaela Odemyr co-moderated a debate at a high-level policy meeting on the challenges and opportunities the European Union has to address allergy and asthma. This me ...

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EFA brings the patients’ perspective to the Medicines for Europe event
On the 9th of June, EFA Senior EU Policy Adviser and Deputy Director Roberta Savli took part in a panel discussion on so-called value-added medicines organised in the framework of the Joint 22nd Medic ...

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European Patient Charter presented
In the framework of the Patient Empowerment campaign, the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) has launched the European Patient Charter and a Roadmap for patient empowerment. EFA, as full Member and Board  ...

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EFA Capacity building 2016
For the third consecutive year, the EFA Capacity Building Project is about to start with the aim of leveraging members’ capacity to be involved in our projects and run their own projects and organizat ...

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Map and improve patient education in Europe – Participate in EFA’s survey
As part of our work to improve timely and equal access to quality care for allergy, asthma and COPD patients in Europe, specifically self-management, EFA is launching a survey on patient education to  ...

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World No Tobacco Day - Asthma, allergy and COPD patients want plain packaging of tobacco in Europe
Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable deaths and diseases, causing 700,000 deaths every year in the European Union. Yet the number of Europeans starting to smoke as young as 15 continues to in ...

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Energy efficient buildings, indoor air quality and people with respiratory diseases
People spend 90% of their time in indoor spaces so everyone is affected by poor air quality and pollution, but this has more negative effects for people with asthma, allergy and COPD as they are the f ...

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EFA delivered the patient perspective at the Medicines for Europe launch
For patients the value of medicines is all about how it works for their particular condition and that their benefit and safety balance fits with the individual goals for treatment, ideally discussed a ...

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Our asthma in young patients news
In May, we had the opportunity to promote the results of our Health Literacy, Young Patients with Asthma and Adherence to Treatment report, among healthcare professionals, as we were invited by the In ...

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EFA asthma patient leaders launch the Málaga-London Declaration (EARIP)
EFA together with our membership, and under the leadership of Asthma UK, have launched the Malaga-London declaration, a document drafted within the European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership  ...

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Launch of the Asthma Museum, a multilingual website
An initiative launched in France, originally in Russian and translated into English. That is the online Asthma Museum, a website put together by Liliya Belenko, Chair of EFA’s Patient Education Workin ...

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PRESS STATEMENT: Allergy and respiratory patients welcomed at the UK House of Commons
London, 23 May 2016 - Allergy and respiratory patients from all over Europe will visit on May 23rd the United Kindgom House of Commons, invited by Member of Parliament Stephen McPartland. Allergy is ...

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