Putting you at the centre of all decisions affecting your health
30% of the European population lives with allergies, asthma and COPD
Because breathing is taken for granted, we work for better recognition of chronic respiratory diseases

EFA President - Christine Rolland

Since 1994 I am Director of the French National Asthma & Allergy Association where I am responsible for managing and implementing the overall strategy of the organisation, working closely with French Health Authorities and stakeholders. I am also a founding member of the French Federation of Allergology. Graduated with a Master in intercultural management from the Catholic University of Paris, I have a long-term experience working on communications. I have received the Knight of the French National Order of Merit (2011) and the Medal of Honour for Health and Social Affairs (2012). I have a special interest in EU health policy, especially the focus of EU projects at national level, the harmonisation of the status of allergologists in Europe and patients’ education programmes.

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EFA President Christine Rolland

EFA Vice-President - Erna Botjes

Since 2005 I am the President of Dutch Food allergy (Stichting Voedselallergie) and I have been involved in European and national projects dealing with research and improvement in the fields of allergy and patient education. In addition, I have a broad experience working in the public health sector. EFA has inspired and strengthened our organisation, it is a powerful umbrella for patient organisations that allow to link with the European level effectively.

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EFA Vicepresident Erna Botjes

Secretary of EFA Board - Dan Murphy

I am Managing Director of External Affairs in Asthma UK, where I lead public health policy and external engagement with a range of stakeholders at national and EU level. I am very involved in the EU funded European Asthma Research and Innovation Partnership (EARIP), where Asthma UK and EFA are partner. As EFA Board Member I am engaged to building relationships with members of the European Commission and Parliament and other stakeholders to improve public health and bring more attention to health determinants affecting asthma, allergy and COPD patients, promoting patient centred care and participation all over Europe and building capacity for patients associations.

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Secretary of EFA Board Dan Murphy

EFA Treasurer - Sharon Cosgrove

I am CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, member of the Healthy Ireland Council and I am on the Board of a large homeless charity, the Dublin Simon Communities. I have been involved in environmental health and health inequalities throughout my career in various positions that I have held. As a mother of daughter with allergies I understand some of the challenges patients face and hope that keeps me connected to the real issues for patients through my work in EFA. I am committed to making a difference and improving the quality of life of people with chronic health conditions and who experience social exclusion. I have a BSc in Environmental Health and MA in Housing Studies.

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EFA Treasurer Sharon Cosgrove

EFA Board Member - Mikaela Odemyr

Since 2010 I am a Board Member of the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation and since 2013 I am 2nd Vice-President. I have worked and still work for a non-profit organization, Asthma and Allergy association Svalan in Örnsköldsvik. All my children have asthma and allergy so the last 19 years I have been dealing with those issues. I am a fighter but in a positive way. The last 10 years I have been giving speeches about living with severe asthma and allergy. I want people with asthma and allergy to have a good life with good care and the possibility to be a part of the community, not to be excluded.

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EFA Board Member Mikaela Odemyr