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 - 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

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 - Hubert Nettel

I am Board Member of Österreichische Lungenunion (Austria) where I build the relationship with the members of the Austrian Society of Pneumology and represent the organisation in external events. My 40 years’ experience working for the pharmaceutical industry have given me the opportunity to be in direct contact with physicians and patients and this relationship was a game changer to me. Now that I am retired, I wish to serve the patient community, to put my knowledge at the service of allergy and respiratory patients.

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EFA Treasurer Hubert Nettel

EFA Board Member - Carlos Nunes

I am Secretary to the Portuguese Asthma Association (APA) where we work to improve and develop patient education to establish “asthma educators” in health centers and hospitals. Descendent of an allergic and asthmatic family, I decided to become an allergolist and I have worked in public health and allergy projects for more than 20 years. I have published several articles about air quality and its impact on allergy and asthma and I am also the national coordinator of pollen monitoring on a network project. As EFA Board Member I work to promote the right and access to good quality care, in particular among people with lower income as well as those living in peripheral areas. I am very interested in promoting safe environments to patients suffering from allergy and respiratory diseases. European patients need a real time air pollution information and forecasting services, particularly about pollens.

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EFA Board Member Carlos Nunes