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Please find below the latest news from our Members

A first step in providing a harmonised approach to COPD Care in Europe
Levels of COPD care can vary from country to country in Europe. Early detection and correct diagnosis is fundamental to guarantee timely diagnosis and effective treatment plans that can help patients  ...

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Old mistakes must not be repeated with the new guidelines
In November, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), a Swedish government agency under the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, released new national guidelines for asthma and CO ...

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Asthma Society calls on Ireland to adopt World Health Organisation’s Air Quality Standards
The Asthma Society of Ireland highlighted the significant failings in the monitoring of air quality in Ireland at the launch of their 2015 Clean Air Campaign on 23rd November in the College of Medicin ...

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Save your breath with COPD Support Ireland
To coincide with World COPD Day on Wednesday November 18, COPD Support Ireland launched their “Save Your Breath” awareness campaign. COPD Support Ireland set out 5 key pledges it is urging political ...

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Patient Education Materials from EFA Members
As part of the activity of the EFA Patient Education Working Group, we have collected samples of best practice patient education materials developed by EFA Members. The patient education materials c ...

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This World COPD Day remember it’s not too late to travel the globe!
At the present time 10% of the adults in Europe are diagnosed with COPD. 3.5 million people need supplemental oxygen, and the numbers keep growing. Many patients are advised by their physician to trav ...

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Update on Capacity Building in 2015
This month EFA launched its 2015 Capacity Building project.    Capacity Building Ireland The first meeting took place in Dublin on the 16th of October, where EFA’s representatives A ...

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Has your organisation developed patient education materials? Please share them with us!
By the end of 2015 EFA aims to collect samples of best practice patient education materials, developed by EFA Members, in the areas of asthma, allergy and COPD. These materials will be published on a  ...

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EFA “Meet and Greet EU Institutions” Training 2015
On the 12th and 13th of October 2015, EFA organised its 6th annual Meet and Greet training session for members.  This session focuses on the functioning of the European Union and policies related ...

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Presentation to the Italian Association of Allergologists
On the 22nd of October, EFA EU Senior Advisor, Roberta Savli, was invited to talk about the management of allergy and anaphylaxis in public spaces at the annual congress of the Italian Association of  ...

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Study into effects of asthma on the health and wellbeing of Irish patient’s
The Asthma Society of Ireland with support from Novartis launched the results of a significant investigation into the wellbeing and mental health of Irish adults with Asthma. The study revea ...

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Finnish Campaign, The Talking Ashtray wants you to quit smoking!
The Organisation for Respiratory Health in Finland have produced an advertisement highlighting the dangers of smoking, in a fun and engaging way.  The advert was shown before movies in the cinema ...

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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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