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Member news

Please find below the latest news from our Members

Environmental Determinants Working Group October Update
On the 7th of October, EFA Environmental Determinants Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with allergy, asthma and COPD. Members identified actions needed and w ...

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Finding solutions to ease “may contain” labelling in foods
On the 23rd of September the EFA Food Allergy Working Group held a teleconference to discuss the unmet needs of people with food allergy. Members presented “may contain” best and worst practices in  ...

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Perfume free: new national campaign by Nordic patients
In October EFA Member Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation will launch it's perfume free week, a campaign shared with other nordic sister associations in Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. T ...

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6,000 Poles get their lungs tested during the Polish Spirometry Days
From 14 to 19 September, EFA Member the Polish Federation of Asthma, Allergy and COPD Patients celebrated the 3rd Polish Spirometry Days event. The campaign slogan was  “Breathe Clean Air” (Oddyc ...

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ASI inhaler technique campaign
EFA Member the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI) and the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) have run an Inhaler Technique awareness campaign to encourage people with asthma to check that they are using their in ...

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Belgian allergy association seeks urgent support to continue its activities
During the last three years, EFA Belgian Member Prevention des Allergies has been facing serious financial difficulties that cannot be met any longer. The organisation is seeking support to continue i ...

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Emergency anaphylasis, a French patient-led campaign
Last June EFA Member the French Assocaition for Allergy Prevention (AFPRAL) launched a major awareness campaign to improve knowledge on how to perform lifesaving care in case of anaphylactic shock. Th ...

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Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association calls for national strategy for allergies
Approximately 2 million Swedes have some form of allergy and of these, around 800,000 recognise a burden so big that it affects their daily lives. According to EFA Member the Swedish Asthma and Allerg ...

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Swiss patients ask for a stricter restriction on tobacco advertisement
EFA Member, the Swiss Lung Association, has presented to the Swiss Federal Council in June a strategy for the development of the new Tobacco Products Act. According to the association, the draft law c ...

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Call to have spare adreline autoinjectors in UK schools
EFA Member Allergy UK has published the results of a survey to gather patient views on the availability of adrenaline auto injectors on educational establishments. Adrenaline auto-injector devices are ...

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Spanish patients input the national Guidelines for Asthma Management (GEMA 4.0)
Although the new fourth revision of the Spanish Guidelines for Asthma Management is addressed for professional use, many patients have been directly involved in their update and implementation. EFA Me ...

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FFAAIR Celebrates Annual Congress
EFA Member FFAAIR (Fédération Française des Associations et Amicales de malades, Insuffisants ou handicapés Respiratoires) met on 5-7 June in Grenoble to celebrate its 27th Annual General Meeting. Mor ...

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Bulgarian patients ask for clean air for better lung health
EFA Member ABBA (Association of Bulgarians with Bronchial Asthma, Allergy and COPD) was invited to participate on a live show on national TV Channel 7. ABBA’s president Diana Hadzhiangelova talked abo ...

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Unsafe prescribing increases risk of life threatening asthma attacks
Last year’s National Review of Asthma Deaths highlighted prescribing errors in nearly half of asthma deaths in primary care (47%) in the United Kingdom. Now new analysis from EFA Member Asthma UK, bas ...

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EFA Members news (April 2015)
This month patients associations have mobilized at national level through a wide variety of activities to raise awareness about allergy (UK), indoor air quality in schools (Sweden), asthma (Finland),  ...

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EFA Members news - March 2015
EFA Board meeting was hosted by the Asthma Society of Ireland: Thank you! EFA Board had their meeting in preparation of our upcoming Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the offices of the Asthma Soci ...

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EFA Members News (February 2015)
Patient-led initiatives not only bring meaningful results for patients, but also broader support. In February, EFA Dutch Member Longfonds was awarded with a significant donation to fund their e-nose p ...

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EFA Members news (January 2015)
Patients took the floor in national televisions in January. Allergy UK closely worked with BBC to feature the anxiety of parents of little allergic children and Bulgarian ABBA shown the patients disco ...

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EFA Members news (December 2014)
Irish patients ask for stronger smoky coal legislation EFA Member Asthma Society of Ireland organized an event to urge the Irish government to adopt a smoky coal ban to ensure clean air for all. Ac ...

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EFA Members news (November 2014)
As part of our Membership strategy, in October and November we met with potential members in Hungary, associations representing people with allergy and respiratory diseases in the United Kingdom, and  ...

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