EFA launches the first European Call to Action on COPD

BRUSSELS, 30 June 2010 – EFA has united EU officials, patients, NGOs and the medical community to address this major chronic disease and present the EFA book on COPD with a detailed Call to Action for Europe. Today, EFA is organising an event at the European Parliament to gather support on the need to adopt a common approach at EU level on COPD. COPD is a disabling disease, which causesgradual restriction of airflow and consequent difficulty in breathing, can greatly impact patients’ social lives and ability to work. With the adoption of this Call to Action, EFA aims to ensure that each European citizen has the best chance of being informed about COPD, an opportunity to prevent the disease and for those living with COPD the best chance of an early diagnosis and effective treatment.

The event is being chaired by MEP Catherine Stihler, who has been a leading advocate within the European Parliament on COPD since 2007, when she launched a Written Declaration on combating COPD, signed by 226 MEPs.  “Hopefully the event will raise awareness of COPD and the cost to our health, families and health services, and we can begin to combat COPD” she said. Press releaseMedia KitProgrammeForeword by European Parliament President Jerzy BuzekCall to ActionEFA Book on COPD in Europe – Presentations: Written foreword by J. Buzek – J. Gilder EFA Book on COPD in Europe – N. Siafakas COPD and the European Respiratory Society – M. Salapatas Call to Action on COPD for Europe

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