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COPD – The Epidemic of the Working Population

Workshop 1: Prevention and diagnosis to stall a debilitating disease

29 June 2011, 15.00-18.00h, EP ASP 3F388
Hosted by the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association (EFA) with the kind support of Mr. Seán Kelly MEP, Ms. Catherine Stihler MEP, Ms. Françoise Grossetête MEP and Ms. Eva-Britt Svensson MEP
An event endorsed by the European Respiratory Society (ERS), the European Lung Foundation (ELF) and the International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG)

A newsletter from the workshop, where Tjard Schermer represented primary care, is available here

European and International Health Organisations unite to call for European action to combat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

The IPCRG has supported this Call to Action by EFA to increase the attention paid to COPD in Europe. At the same time as this call to Action, it has launched the EFA Book on COPD, full of facts and figures about burden of disease and health care use.  Click to see the media release.


World Asthma Day Tuesday, May 3 2011

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World Asthma Day took place on Tuesday, May 3 2011. The idea is for national groups to use the opportunity to raise awareness in their country in whatever ways they think might work.

The theme of World Asthma Day continues to be “You Can Control Your Asthma.”

Click for more information, IPCRG resources and activities.

For more GINA information on World Asthma Day click here.

For information on World Asthma Day 2008, click here.



IPCRG Supports Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD)

The IPCRG is an active member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD). There is now clear acknowledgement of the global challenges in preventing and controlling chronic respiratory disease and of the central importance of primary care in achieving improvements. Our current IPCRG representative at GARD is Niels Chavannes. Click here for more information.



IPCRG Supports 2010 Year of the Lung

FIRS members are organising this campaign because there is an urgent need for public and political awareness about the importance of lung health. The lack of awareness is a barrier to progress in the diagnosis, treatment and care of individuals suffering from lung diseases. Hundreds of millions of people around the world suffer every day from treatable and preventable respiratory diseases. Respiratory diseases rank second (after cardiovascular diseases) in terms of mortality, incidence, prevalence and costs. COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis (TB) and lung cancer are the main respiratory causes of death worldwide.



World COPD Day - 19 November 2008

World COPD Day is 19 November 2008.
Click here for materials to support your local campaign focusing on the role of primary care. And don't miss our Top tips for helping your patients tackle COPD.

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The Brussels Declaration: 10 Points for Action

IPCRG lobbying in Europe: Brussels Declaration on Asthma

  • Press Release
  • Poster Summary
  • Newsletter (large file 4Mb)
  • Presentation to Committee on Health and Children
    A successful presentation by the Asthma Society of Ireland to the Oireachtas (Elected Members of Dail Eireann and Seanad Eireann) Committee on Health and Children took place on Tuesday 4th November 2008.  Click here for an example of the press coverage generated.
  • Experts urge change in asthma managementPress release on article in the December edition of the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ).
    Press release is also available in
  • Roundtable debate
    ALDE deputy Liz Lynne has launched a new initiative to help the estimated 30 million asthma sufferers in the EU. The project, called HARP, aims to provide patients with "clear and detailed" information about the disease.  Speaking in parliament in January 2009, she said, "As an asthma sufferer myself, I feel that there is a real need to make sure that information is made readily available."  The MEP chaired a roundtable debate which heard the results of a major study into asthma. It shows that 30 million people, or six per cent of the EU population, have asthma.