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Member news

Please find below the latest news from our Members

We welcomed a new Member and a new Board Member
On April 16-17, we celebrated our Annual General Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, were EFA Members approved our annual 2017 report, accounts, budget and 2018 workplan. We exchanged on members’ best practi ...

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The Swiss Pulmonary League launches 11 learning video clips for children with asthma in German, French and Italian
EFA Member, the Swiss Pulmonary League, has launched eleven learning video clips to help children with asthma manage better their condition. It complements traditional education and helps affected chi ...

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Online chat launched for allergy and asthma patients in Sweden
EFA's Member, the Asthma and Allergy Association of Sweden, has a web service called AllergiSmart, targeting people who have or are close to someone with asthma, allergy or other type of hypersensitiv ...

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 First European Alpha-1 Awareness Day
On the 25th of April, EFA’s Roberta Savli took part in an EU Roundtable on Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (a genetic disorder that can cause serious lung or liver disease, including COPD), marking the ...

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Campaign on travelling with allergies in the UK
This year the World Allergy Week took place from the 23d of April to the 29th of April, with many patient initiatives to raise awareness about allergies. EFA Member Allergy UK focused on the topic o ...

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Asthma Society of Ireland phone line helped 70% of those under 50 to avoid missing school or work as a result of their asthma
EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland FREE Adviceline service has showed extensive positive impacts for service users. The recent partnership research showed that 70% of service users aged 50 years ...

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Sweden is closer to ban smoking outdoors, as asked by patients
It is well recognized today that tobacco smoking increases the risk of developing diseases like respiratory tract infections, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But law has been  ...

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FFAAIR brings the patient perspective and needs to major respiratory congresses in France
2018 has started with a bunch of important events devoted to respiratory diseases in France, and EFA Member FFAAIR has been an active member in many of them: the Franchophone Lung Society Congress cel ...

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UK patients not getting their basic asthma care
EFA member Asthma UK published in February their biggest Annual Asthma survey up to date: 7,000 patients responded on their daily difficulties because of asthma. The survey included this year new ques ...

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Swedish patients celebrate All Heart’s day
EFA president Mikaela Odemyr represented COPD patients at All Heart’s Day, in February 14th, an event  organised by EFA Swedish member the Heart and Lung association to raise awareness on cardiov ...

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Higher grades for the Swedes studying in rooms with clean air
There seems to be a connection between indoor air quality in classrooms and school results in Sweden. EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association went through the country's best schools list in  ...

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Finnish patients encourage first aid training on anaphylaxis
On the International Day of the Emergency Number 112, EFA member the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation launched an awareness campaign on allergy management, encouraging Finns to learn how to ...

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COPD should be treated as a public health emergency, French patients claim
 EFA French member FFAAIR together with other patients and healthcare professionals’ organisations and with the support of a group of parliamentarians presented “Make COPD a public health emer ...

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Join French allergy patients to get access to desensitisation treatments
EFA member AFPRAL (in French, l’Association Française pour la Prévention des Allergies) launched in January a campaign defending the reimbursement for allergy desensitisation treatments. French heal ...

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Respiratory patients will walk the Road to Santiago: join the group!
FENAER member Alfa-1 Spain organises, in the last week of August 2018, the “Alfas en Camino 2018”, the inspiring exercising trail towards Santiago de Compostela, adapted for respiratory patients. &nbs ...

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Go to vote, but without allergens
Finnish EFA member Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation updated their poster for the Finnish presidential and other upcoming elections. In Finland, the polling stations are usually situated in school p ...

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#Scarfie, the Asthma UK prevention campaign for this winter
Winter time may be hard for asthma patients. Cold air can irritate airways, triggering asthma symptoms and sometimes asthma attacks. To give hints for patients to avoid cold, EFA member Asthma UK ha ...

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Irish patients will not breathe smoky coal anymore
On the 5th December, the Irish National Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, announced a full Smoky Coal Ban for Ireland. Bituminous, or smoky, coal creates d ...

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Spanish respiratory patients can access online physiotherapy for free
EFA Member the Spanish FENAER has launched a website to support patients with pulmonary rehabilitation online and for free. The website can be opened in all devices and offers several videos, 3 minute ...

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Singing Christmas carols, another way of treating respiratory diseases
Since October, Asmamadrid, part of EFA member FENAER, organizes singing workshops with the objective of improving pulmonary capacity and better oxygenation control. The activity has been very well per ...

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