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Our Communications Assistant, Nolwenn Coutel-Darrieu finished her internship with us in December. Thank you for your great work and contribution to EFA. We wish you all the best for your future!

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EFA President Mikaela Odemyr addressed a distinguished audience on the topics for allergy and asthma patients, namely prevention, care, participation and research for cure.

On the prevention side, Mik…

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On 19 th of November 2018, EFA organised a meeting with a group of patients in Brasov, Romania, willing to establish a patient organisation on respiratory diseases and allergy. This was supported by I…

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PACT is an awarded innovative and inclusive ‘pact’ for fair access for patients, led by the EPF and the Bulgarian Patient Platform. Susanna joined the partners assembly in Brussels in December. The As…

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In March 2000, the European Union stated the ambitious goal of becoming the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world, by 2010. To achieve it, the EU has gone through several r…

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On November 27, we represented patients with allergy and airways diseases in roundtable at the launch of the report “Health impacts and the health costs of diesel emissions in the EU”, Paying to Breat…

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Following the #EU4Health campaign, led by EPHA and EPF, on November 29 th the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries Associations (EFPIA) organised an EU Health Summit to discuss with health…

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On 4 th December, EFA joined the EPF Patient task force meeting on nutrition, together with ten other representatives of EU umbrella and national patients’ associations. The meeting was chaired by Mr…

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Which digital technologies have the greatest potential to empower patients? What actions can patient organisations take? These two questions were at the core of the European Patient Innovation Summit…

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Mr. Günther Hirsch passed away in peace in November 2018. As a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patient he was engaged in the advocacy work of the Austrian Lungen Union, an EFA Member, wer…

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EFA member, the Finnish Lung Health Association (Filha) organized the National Asthma and Allergy Conference in Helsinki on November 22 nd and 23 rd . In the final seminar of the Finnish Allergy Progr…

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On 23 rd November a lecture Day on World COPD Day has been organized in Prague offering 14 interesting lectures to participants. The program was primarily meant for doctors and nurses, but it was also…

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This October, the World Health Organisation held the first global air pollution conference. With 7 million people dying from air pollution each year, including 600 000 children, putting COPD, asthma a…

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As announced in our October newsletter, our Capacity Building project is up and running with a new format to allow all our members to participate and benefit from it.

We started the webinar series at…

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Autumn is passing and winter coming, are you thinking about whether to get the vaccination against influenza, also known as the flu? And what about the pneumococcal vaccination against pneumonia? Thes…

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On the 12th November 2018 EFA Director of Policy and Communications Isabel Proaño participated in the EU Health Policy Platform (HPP) Annual Stakeholder Meeting. The HPP is a European Commission forum…

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On 18th October the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP) organised an event on “H2020 funding for Tobacco Control: Scaling up for the p…

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On 23d October 2018, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) organised an event entitled “Healthier solutions for access to medicines” that was meant to shed light on what needs to happen to develop…

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On 7th of November we attended the final conference in Brussels of the EU-funded research project Personalized PREvention of Chronic DIseases (PRECeDI). The project aims to promote knowledge transfer…

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Following an annual assessment, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the European Union agency for the evaluation of medicinal products, confirmed the continued compliance of EFA with the criteria req…

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