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Member news

Please find below the latest news from our Members

Allergy UK: Allergy Awareness Week
On April 29th, EFA Member Allergy UK kicks off its Allergy Awareness Week, focusing on “Air Quality – the allergens around us”. The patient organisation aims to raise awareness about the impacts of po ...

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AFPRAL co-signs open letter to French Minister of Health
EFA Member the Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies (AFPRAL) has co-signed an open letter calling on the French Minister of Health to address the exclusion of young children with chr ...

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NAAF launches allergy and asthma podcast
EFA Member Atma- og Allergiforbundet (NAAF) has initiated a podcast series to talk about allergies and asthma. Podcasts are emissions that can be directly listened live by subscribers or downloaded as ...

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Stichting Voedselallergie: Broadcast on food safety in hospitals
A survey co-organised by EFA Member Stichting Voedselallergie (Dutch Food Allergies Foundation) shows that hospitals are not always taking care of food allergies of their patients. EFA Board memb ...

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Allergia-, Iho- ja astmaliitto celebrates 50th anniversary
EFA Member Allergia-, Iho- ja astmaliitto (Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation) celebrates this year its 50th anniversary and has therefore developed an interactive website showing the hi ...

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Save the Date: FENAER’s first online congress for respiratory patients
EFA Spanish Member Federacion Española de Asociaciones de pacientes alergicos y con Enfermedades Respiratorias (FENAER) will hold its first online Congress next 8th of June. The Satellite event for pe ...

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EPF: EuropeforPatients campaign
The European Patients Forum (EPF), of which EFA is a long-standing member, has launched a campaign ahead of the EU elections called ‘europeforpatients’. EPF and their Members are calling on political  ...

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Asthma UK: Stop unfair asthma prescription charges
EFA Member Asthma UK has launched a petition to stop unfair asthma prescription charges. By now, some 55,000 people have already signed and supported the initiative! Click here if you want to suppor ...

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Asthma Allergy Denmark: Hay-fever and allergy high-school 2019
EFA Member Astma Allergi Denmark organises a Hay-fever and Allergy High School. During the event, attendees can ask questions and get advice from Astma-Allergy Denmark. The goal of the ‘High School’ i ...

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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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