When we are healthy, we take our breathing for granted, never fully appreciating that our lungs are essential organs for life and that every breath counts. But when our lung health is impaired, nothing else but our breathing really matters. The lungs are the only internal organ constantly exposed to the external environment, making them vulnerable to airborne infection and injury. We are happy to be collaborating with the European Lung Society launch of breathe vision event.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, respiratory diseases represented an enormous and increasing healthcare and economic burden across Europe. Eastern Europe in particular has been struggling with rising rates of drug-resistant TB. The pandemic has not only increased this burden, but also increased the risk of developing TB, and it has shown more than ever the need to promote healthy lungs for life. The pandemic has also highlighted weaknesses and inequalities in European and EU Member States’ healthcare systems. The European Commission Communication on “Building a European Health Union: Stronger crisis preparedness and response for Europe”, published last November 2020, opens the way towards more EU action and coordination on health issues, such as TB.
TBEC is part of a newly founded collective initiative driven by European level patient groups and healthcare professionals that have convened in a platform called European Lung Health Group (ELHG).
On behalf of the European Lung Health Group, we are pleased to share the details of an upcoming MEP lung health group event ‘Invitation European Parliament MEP Lung Health Group event‘, which will take place virtually on 27 January, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:15 CET.
The event will launch the BREATHE Vision paper; a collective initiative driven by European level patient groups and healthcare professionals which aims to increase awareness of respiratory health, improve lung health care and research, and tackle COVID-19 and its long-term impacts in Europe.
But how much could a European Health Union help prepare us against other lung infections, including TB, and what could be the benefits of a European Respiratory Health Union?
On January 27th, TBEC, along with other respiratory patients and healthcare professionals, will present their Breathe Vision for 2030, a document outlining the critical priorities Europe should work against to better prevent and care for lung health, which include an urgent need for more data and research on respiratory health to inform decisions, educate the public, and better prepare to reduce the burden of lung diseases in Europe.
The Breathe Vision for 2030 will be launched by the European Parliament MEP Lung Health Group in a public event accessible online.
Save the date and register now.
TBEC has collaborated on The Breathe Vision for 2030, which is a joint initiative developed in the past months by the following European level patient groups and healthcare professionals, and facilitated by EFA with the ERS and ELF:
- Alpha-1 Belgium
- Cystic Fibrosis Europe (CF-E)
- European Federation of Allergies and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA)
- European Lung Foundation (ELF)
- European Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Federation (EU-IPFF)
- European Respiratory Society (ERS)
- Lung Cancer Europe (LuCE)
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association Europe (PHA-E)
- TB Europe Coalition (TBEC)
The MEP lung health group in the European Parliament is a group of MEPs interested in exploring the legislative and non-legislative measures that can be taken at the European level to promote lung health and tackle respiratory diseases, including TB. To become a supporter, please register.
To find out more about the MEP Lung Health Group please click here.