In 2011 EFA established a goal to specifically expand its membership to Spain after a prolonged absence of Spanish patient associations in the organisation. As a result, since 2012 EFA has already hosted four Patient Associations Alignment Meetings, which were arranged to provide an opportunity for EFA to learn about the prospects for future coordination between patients’ associations in Spain, Portugal, Malta, and the Baltic States at a national level, while identifying areas for aligning common goals and objectives between EFA and national patients’ associations at the European level. At these meetings, different patients’ associations, representing allergy and respiratory disease, shared their experiences in with other national associations, while EFA was able to identify potential areas for collaboration with those patients’ associations most interested in joining EFA.
In the future EFA aims to continue its expansion of membership across Europe and considers national alignment meetings as a potential tool for garnering interest among patients’ associations in a national context and promoting increased coordination between them. In addition, they present unique educational opportunities for EFA to learn about the national context and specific areas which could be improved upon with effective advocacy at the European level.
EFA meets RESPIRA at its central office
EFA Priorities and Recent Activities PPT (EN/PT) - RESPIRA Meeting Agenda (EN/PT)
Portuguese National Asthma Control Programme PPT (PT) - Portuguese National Asthma Control Programme (PT) - Portuguese National Programme for Chronic Respiratory Diseases (PT)
EFA-Spanish Patient Associations Alignment Meeting at Hotel Porta Fira
EFA Most Recent Activities Presentation (EN) – EFA Most Recent Activities Presentation (ES) – EFA Objectives and EU Policies in 2012 Presentation (EN) – EFA Objectives and EU Policies in 2012 Presentation (ES) – Asthma Society of Ireland Presentation by Breda Flood (EN) – Asthma Society of Ireland Presentation by Breda Flood (ES)