The MEP Lung Health Group is an informal platform for policymakers, health professionals and patients to identify the potential European Union (EU) policy measures aimed at improving lung health.
We would like to thank all the patient organistions that joined the formal launch of the MEP Lung Health Group on 13 October 2020 during the event ‘Every breath counts – respiratory health in COVID-19 times’.
The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, joined the event and delivered the opening address and the MEP Lung Health Group co-chairs, Manuel Pizarro and Željana Zovko, presented during the meeting and discussed the ways in which lung health is on the agenda at the European Parliament.
ERS President, Prof. Anita Simonds, gave a presentation focused on respiratory health during the COVID-19 outbreak, highlighting what we need to know during the ongoing pandemic and looking ahead to the future.
ELF Council member and bronchiectasis patient ambassador, Marta Almagro, provided the patient perspective by sharing her experiences of life before COVID-19 as well as living as an at-risk person during the pandemic.
The event was a success and we hope that patients and patient organistions across Europe will be able to work together with the ERS and MEPs and policymakers to improve lung health across Europe and beyond.
See how the meeting unfolded on social media: #EveryBreathCounts – European Parliament lung health group launch event
The next event being planned by the MEP Lung Health Group will be focussed on air pollution and will take place on 2 December 16:00-17:30 CET – put the date in your diaries.
The event will discuss the latest evidence on the links between air quality and COVID-19, and what we have learnt about the changes in air quality seen while countries have been in lockdown during the pandemic.
A key focus of the event will be how we can make an environmentally sustainable recovery from COVID-19 and what research is needed to ensure this happens.
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