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As representative of patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we marked the World COPD Day on the November 15th with several publications, including a political video within…

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In November we welcomed our Member representatives to a thematic Meet&Greet the EU training that this year focused on patients’ involvement on Health Technology Assessment. The meeting gathered 10…

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EFA participated in the global GARD (Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases) meeting 2017 that took place in Brussels, Belgium the 9-11 November, represented by EFA Secretary of the Boar…

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EFA represented patients at the European Rhinology Research Forum 2017 on 9-10 November 2017, organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway diseases (EUFOREA) and&nb…

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EFA Director of Strategy and Policy Roberta Savli participated on the 14th November at the “Delivering healthy & energy efficient building with Energy performance on Buildings Directive (EPBD)” su…

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According to a new health impact modelling, in 2015 the EU’s coal fleet alone was responsible for an estimated 19,500 premature death, 10,000 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults and 458,000 asthma a…

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will move from London to Amsterdam (The Netherlands) by March 2019. The EMA is the EU agency in charge of medicines evaluation and safety monitoring.  The relo…

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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 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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On the 17th November EFA’s Isabel Proaño attended online the respiratory update organised by the European Respiratory Society in Stockholm, Sweden. The programme was of extreme interest for EFA’s work…

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The Politico’s Spotlight: “Prevention and patient empowerment: who, when and how?” that took place at the European Parliament on the 20th November focused on how to improve patients’ empower…

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In November, the European Patients’ Forum (EPF) published the report gathering key insights and opinions from the European patients’ movement, including EFA’s, demonstrating the added-value through th…

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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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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 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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Give COPD patients the chance to live healthier through exercise  

Brussels, 15/11/2017 World COPD Day – Physical activity positively impacts our health and wellbeing. Under the theme The Many Fa…

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The ITRE committee of the European Parliament (Industry, Energy and Research) voted last 11th of October not to include binding provisions to improve the quality of the air in indoor spaces. The ITRE…

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The discovery of IgE antibody (immunoglobulin E)  50 years ago by Gunnar Johansson and Hans Bennich in Uppsala, Sweden, revolutionised our understanding of allergy and allergic asthma.…

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The European Commission (EC) adopted on the 24th of October the Work Programme 2018, which sets up the EC’s priorities for next year activities. Unfortunately, health appeared not to be an immediate c…

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The EU Health programme was subject of mid-term evaluation during the 20th European Health Forum Gastein that took place the 4th-6th of October.


During the evaluation, Martin Seychell, Deputy Director…

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