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Member news

Please find below the latest news from our Members

Increasing tobacco awareness among teenagers in Portugal
EFA Portuguese member RESPIRA has run awareness campaigns in Portuguese schools to inform about tobacco. The sessions were led by ex-smokers that gave a vivid testimony of their experiences with tobac ...

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Norway closer to adopt plain tobacco packaging
Thanks to public calls from patient organisations like EFA Member the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Foundation (NAAF), the Norweigian Minister of Health has sent to Parliament a proposal to adopt a new ...

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Indoor paint gets Danish blue wreath for the first time
For many years, EFA Member Asthma and Allergy Denmark has analysed indoor paint products to see if they met the standards of their blue wreath, a seal that enables allergic consumers to easily find if ...

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Building up an association for Georgian patients
On the 31st of May EFA met with Dr Maia Rukhadze from Georgia, who is a leading allergologist working in Tbilisi. Dr Rukhadze, a patient herself, is confronted with a steep rise on the prevalence of a ...

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EFA asthma patient leaders launch the Málaga-London Declaration (EARIP)
EFA together with our membership, and under the leadership of Asthma UK, have launched the Malaga-London declaration, a document drafted within the European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership  ...

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RESPIRA celebrates World No Tobacco Day in Portugal
Tobacco kills 32 people a day in Portugal. To raise awareness of the main cause of COPD, RESPIRA in partnership with a group of pharmacies set up a campaign at national level to draw attention about t ...

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Respiration filters help with street dust in Finland
Street dust is a recurring problem in Finland in the springtime. The dust causes irritation to eyes, throat and noses. It is especially harmful for people with respiratory illnesses who in spring need ...

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Launch of the Asthma Museum, a multilingual website
An initiative launched in France, originally in Russian and translated into English. That is the online Asthma Museum, a website put together by Liliya Belenko, Chair of EFA’s Patient Education Workin ...

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Pollen allergy can decrease exam results! NAAF launched allergy tests in Norway
April is high season for birch, which is the most common and problematic pollen allergen in Norway. That is why EFA Member the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Foundation (NAAF) has launched an awareness  ...

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FENAER raises awareness about tobacco consumption in Spain
In the month of the World No Tobacco Day, EFA Spanish Member FENAER has reached out to the press to inform about the consequences tobacco has in our health, no matter if the person is an active smoker ...

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Bubble Day and asthma education in Ireland
On May 3rd EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland hosted Bubble Day, their biggest fundraising and awareness event to date, aiming to raise much needed funds to continue providing vital asthma  ...

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Asthma and Allergy pictured at European Parliament
With 150 million Europeans currently affected by allergy and estimations alerting that by 2025 half of the European population will suffer from them, we have helped the Interest Group on Allergy and A ...

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RESPIRA celebrates the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day
The Portuguese Chronic Respiratory Diseases patients’ organisation, RESPIRA, celebrated on April 21st the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Day, were they asked for the establishment of a National Pulmonary Re ...

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Last chance to apply for EFA’s Capacity Building Project
For the third consecutive year, EFA has launched its Capacity Building Project aimed to leverage members capacity to be involved in our projects and run their own projects and organization in an effec ...

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In Memoriam of Luísa Soares Branco
It was with great sadness that we inform you about the passing of Luísa Soares Branco, the President of EFA Portuguese member RESPIRA. As a patient and patient leader, Luísa was thoroughly committed ...

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EFA Annual General Meeting 2016
We are happy to announce that our Annual General Meeting 2016 and EFA’s Network Meeting will take place on the 23rd-24th of May in London. EFA’s AGM is our most important event, where we take stock of ...

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EFA Capacity Building 2015 in Spain
The EFA team visited FENAER in Malaga, Spain on the 4th of November for the second meeting of EFA Capacity Building project. EFA representatives Antje Fink-Wagner, Giuseppe De Carlo and Joke De Vocht  ...

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EFA Capacity Building 2015 in Ireland
The first capacity building training took place in Dublin on the 16th of October, where EFA’s representatives Antje Fink-Wagner, Giuseppe De Carlo and Joke De Vocht met with the staff of the Asthma So ...

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EFA Capacity Building 2015 Follow Up Meeting in Italy
Building on the success of the 2014 meetings, and to follow-up with participants from the 2014 Capacity Building project, EFA returned to Italy on the 5th of December 2015 to meet representatives of F ...

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First steps in harmonising COPD Care across Europe
Our 2014 report “Harmonizing Prevention and Other Measures for COPD Patients across Europe” revealed varying levels of COPD care across Europe. Following on from this research, and with the help of EF ...

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