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In March, EFA, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the EPHA Environment Network (EEN) sent a joint letter to the rapporteurs of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee and other inf…

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BEIJING, 28 March 2006 – Today, members of the World Health Organization (WHO) met in China for the official launch of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD).  GARD seeks to b…

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A Declaration on Patient-Centered Healthcare was launched at the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) second Global Patients Congress held in Barcelona, Spain from 22-24 February 2…

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The International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) has just released a report of the policy roundtable on asthma, which it hosted with UK MEP Liz Lynne on 24 January 2006 in the European Parliam…

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The European Commission adopted the 2006 Work Plan for implementation of the Public Health Programme (2003-2008) on 10 February 2006. Following the adoption, a Call for Proposals was launched on 17 Fe…

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The launch of the Global Alliance Against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), alliance of internationally recognized organizations, institutions and agencies, including EFA, is due to take place in B…

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Within an international Conference on Pulmonary Advances (Stresa, Lake Maggiore, 22-25 March 2006), the Italian COPD Patients Association AIP-BPCO will hold a symposium on “The COPD Patient: a p…

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The Finnish Allergy and Asthma Foundation are planning large information and event campaign entitled ‘Treat Your Allergy’ during national Allergy Week (24-30 April 2006).

The objective is…

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There are 5.2 million people with asthma in the UK alone. This means that one in five households has a person with asthma. On 6 March, Asthma UK launches its first ever television advertising campaign…

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Spring is almost here and with the EFA AGM and Conference in Prague in May 2006 fast approaching we have sent members information for the EFA Board nominations, due by 20 March and reminders to renew …

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8 February 2006 marked the publication of the London Declaration from Patients for Patient Safety following the WHO’s first Patients for Patient Safety workshop last year, which we mentioned to you in…

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The European Commission has published the results of a post-test exercise on their anti-smoking HELP campaign being run across Europe. The results, which cover general ‘liking’ of the campaign, its un…

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On 15 February 2005, UK MPs voted in favour of comprehensive smokefree legislation covering all workplaces, including restaurants and pubs selling food. These will have to have a ban in place by summe…

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On 14 February the European Commission launched the Call for Proposals 2006 to implement the prioritiy actions defined in the Work Plan 2006 of the Public Health Programme (2003-2008). In addition to …

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Almost every other Finn is suffering from allergic symptoms in some stage of her/his life and EFA Member, the Finnish Allergy and Asthma Federation is holding a national information and event campaign …

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The Pulmonary and Allergy Patients Association of Slovenia have published the first allergy cookbook in the style of the Belgian ‘Fondation pour la Prevention des Allergies’ (FPA)’s…

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EFA was invited to a Policy roundtable discussion on 24 January in the European Parliament. The roundtable was organised in conjunction with IPCRG. EFA is an associate member of the IPCRG which is an…

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On 19 January 2006, EFA and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) submitted comments to the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) draft “Guideline on conduct of pharmacovigilance for med…

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On Wednesday 22 February, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee is due to vote on the European Commission Proposal for the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and EFA has sent each…

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Thank you very much to those of you who responded to our Call for News this month and we are delighted to be including two articles in this month's bulletin about EFA members' activities. You can find …

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