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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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Smart inhalers as watershed for millions with asthma in UK
A new plan of the UK National Health Service brings good news for millions living with asthma. “It is hugely possible that the NHS is committing to reduce hospital admissions for people with asthma an ...

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Sweden moves to ban on smoking in public spaces
The Swedish government is expected to put a formal proposal to the parliament in February, providing for a general smoking ban in public spaces such as outdoor restaurants, train platforms and playgro ...

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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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In memoriam, Günther Hirsch, COPD advocate
Mr. Günther Hirsch passed away in peace in November 2018. As a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient he was engaged in the advocacy work of the Austrian Lungen Union, an EFA Member, wer ...

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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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FENAER launches a shock-plan on tobacco, COPD and spirometry in Spain
In November, EFA Spanish Member FENAER launched an ambitious plan to improve diagnosis and reduce COPD deaths in Spain. The organisation has been presenting the plan to several local health ministries ...

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EFA becomes official NGO to WHO Europe
On September 20 the WHO Regional Committee for Europe adopted a decision in plenary to accredit 19 not for profit organisations, including EFA, into ‘regional non-state actors’. In other words, EFA is ...

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Horizon Europe must deliver on citizens’ priorities: the case of allergy and asthma
The European Parliament Interest Group on Allergy and Asthma held a policy meeting on October 9 to overcome the barriers to research in NCDs in Europe. Key opinion leaders in clinical research from th ...

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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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The involvement of patients in HTA becomes secondary for the European Parliament
On October 3, the European Parliament plenary adopted in the first reading the file on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on health technology assessment (HTA) ...

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Personalised Medicine alliance discusses HTA at Parliament
On September 26, the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) organised a Roundtable in the European Parliament to discuss how to coordinate Health Technology Assessment between Member  ...

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European Commission report on cross-border healthcare Directive shows it helps clarify patients' rights
On 21 September, the European Commission published an implementation report on the directive on cross-border healthcare (2011/24/EU). The concept of the cross-border healthcare directive has the poten ...

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WHO - Life expectancy is on the rise in Europe but caveats for allergy and respiratory health remain
The newest European Health report by the World Health Organisation published on 12 September, shows that life we live longer in Europe. The European Health report is published every three years and is ...

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Brexit: the European Parliament’s role in prioritising patients, public health and health security across Europe
At a sensitive time when hardly any progress is made between the UK Government and the EU on Brexit, 20 EU health organisations who wish to draw attention to the implications of Brexit for healthcare  ...

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Hearing on vaccination programmes and health systems in Europe
In the light of the recent vaccine hesitancy trend, the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing In Health is working on “vaccination programmes and health systems in Europe”. V ...

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The Human Biomonitoring in Europe, or how to assess our exposure to chemicals
On 28 September the Austrian EU Presidency organised in Vienna a major European conference on the health effects of environmental chemicals. The conference entitled "Human Biomonitoring in Europe -  ...

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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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