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30% of the European population lives with allergies, asthma and COPD
Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases
Scientific Panel for Health meets Commissioners for Health and Research
Our Director Susanna Palkonen is the patient representative of the EU Research Programme H2020 Panel for Health , charged to prepare a vision and address hurdles for EU funded health research. In ...

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New website! Steps to take to fly with medical oxygen
Are you or someone you know going on a trip and need to have medical oxygen therapy on-board a plane? We are delighted to launch a new EFA website to guide people with COPD and any other respiratory p ...

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EFA selected as a European Commission HTA stakeholder and new EFA Task Force
We are delighted about the European Commission confirmation that EFA is a suitable stakeholder to become member of the Health Technology Assessment pool network.  The HTA Stakeholder Pool will be ...

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Our response to the Commission consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco
EFA has replied, in partnership with ENSP, to the European Commission public consultation on excise duties applied to manufactured tobacco. From our patients’ perspective, tobacco harms our health. Gi ...

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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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Universal Health Coverage for all! An EPF campaign
The European Patients Forum has launched a public campaign on access to healthcare. The campaign was launched in a public event at the European Parliament on February 27th  “How to Achieve Univer ...

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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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myAirCoach will be featured at CeBIT
myAirCoach consortium will meet in Brussels for the second year technical review with the European Commission that will be held on the 7th of March. The meeting represents an opportunity to assess t ...

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Food allergy tips from UK youth ambassadors
Anaphylaxis Campaign youth ambassadors scheme was launched in 2016. They are a team of young people that produce social media and website communications for other young allergic people. They have ...

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EFA alignment meeting Estonia
Our Susanna Palkonen went to Estonia in February to meet the Estonian allergy and respiratory groups to introduce the value of joining our network and hear about the challenges and initiatives to addr ...

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ABBA launches a national “Breathe Freely” campaign in Bulgaria
EFA Bulgarian Member ABBA has launched an annual national campaign to inform about respiratory diseases and advance care options for patients. The campaign is called “Breathe Freely” and counts on the ...

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Moisturisers for eczema: they do work!
The dry and itchy skin in people with eczema makes it common sense to use a moisturiser. However, it wasn’t known if moisturisers really are beneficial and whether one moisturiser might be preferable  ...

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FENAER participates at the Spanish Respiratory Society Congress
EFA Spanish Member FENAER brought the perspective of respiratory patients to the SEPAR Pacientes meeting. Mª Emilia Carretero, FENAER Board Member highlighted that patient participation should be embe ...

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Respira turns 10!
EFA Member the Portuguese COPD patients association RESPIRA has celebrated its 10th anniversary in Lisbon on the 23rd February. During the meeting they presented RESPIRA’s growth and activities during ...

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The first EP event of the year put the focus on health: Act. Believe. Care.
Chronic respiratory diseases need public policy solutions at European level to respond to increasing disease prevalence, unmet treatment needs, high cost of hospitalisations, work and school sick-leav ...

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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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Our response to the European Commission HTA consultation
The European Commission has launched a consultation on strengthening EU cooperation on Health Technology Assessment (HTA), a specialty to measure the added value of a new health technology in comparis ...

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MyAirCoach will be tested in 2017
In November 2016, we met in Manchester with our partners of the Horizon 2020 project myAirCoach to track the status quo in all work-packages, the main results achieved in 2016 and to plan the third an ...

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IMI looks into what patients bring to medicines
The Innovative Medicines Initiative launched in December its 10th call for proposals under IMI 2. We especially welcome one of the topics of this call: “Patient Perspectives in medicines lifecycle”. T ...

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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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