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Member news

Please find below the latest news from our Members

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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How to assess the risk of unintended allergens in food?
Our member Deutscher Allergie- und Asthmabund e.V. (DAAB) represented EFA at the 14th November roundtable with NGOs organized by the European Food Security Agency (EFSA) to exchange best practices and ...

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EFA and FFAAIR work together to build capacity
EFA met with French member FFAAIR (French Federation of people with respiratory diseases) on the 15th November in Paris. The objective of this reencounter was to follow-up with the Capacity Building s ...

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Longfonds launches a documentary to show the reality of COPD
EFA Dutch member Longsfonds launched a mini documentary to mark World COPD Day. In the film, Lia Breed explains her story. How she had to stop to stop working just before her retirement because she wa ...

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”No perfume in public places, please”, say the Swedes
EFA member Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association celebrated this November the Non Fragance Week. Fragrances can make people with asthma or allergy get sick easier so that is why the campaign, arrange ...

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EFA Finnish member also covers now rare skin diseases
EFA members have got to know the Finnish federation for being specialised in allergies and asthma. After being united with the Finnish Association for Skin Patients in March 2017, the target group of  ...

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Ireland proposes healthier homes for chronic respiratory patients
The Irish Government has adopted ‘The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme’ a plan to renovate the homes of patients with chronic respiratory conditions, with free energy efficiency upgrades to make them warme ...

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Swedish patients ask the government to establish national goals for people with chronic diseases
¨People with chronic diseases should be high-lighted," stated the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association towards the Swedish government. EFA member, the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association believes ...

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Bulgarian patients organise a concert to inform about of air pollution
EFA member, the Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD (ABBA), organised on 2nd September an acoustic concert in the cave "God's eyes" under the title "Better air for better ...

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EFA 2017 AGM: a new Member and a new Board
From the 21st to the 23rd May, our family of allergy, asthma and COPD patients met for EFA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting in Florence. We approved and prepared for the next steps for our organisation a ...

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Bulgaria participates in the Unmask My City campaign
EFA Bulgarian Member ABBA join the global Unmask My City movement on World Asthma day to measure air pollution levels all over the world through a pocket air quality monitoring device that measures PM ...

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Swiss new learning air quality platform for pupils of aged 13 to 16
French and German speaking Swiss pupils, can now explore the air they breathe though an online platform put developed by Swiss federal office of environment. EFA Member the Swiss LungenUnion has colla ...

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‘Your allergy care – what to expect’, new UK website
Knowing what to expect from your GP or other healthcare professional following an allergic reaction, or suspicion of an allergy, will help to identify what is causing the allergy, treat the symptoms a ...

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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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