GARD Seminar for Nordic countries

Oslo, Norway, 15 November 2007

From left to right: A.Cruz, WHO, J. Bousquet, GARD Chairperson, V. Harsvik, Deputy Minister of Health and State Secretary of Health, K. Lødrup Carlsen, President, NSAI, S. Myrseth, President, EFA

The Nordic seminar "Strategies to combat chronic respiratory diseases" took place in the Norwegian Ministry of Health, Oslo, on 15 November 2007. It was opened by Dr Vegard Harsvik, Deputy Minister of Health and State Secretary of Health. The seminar was organized by the Norwegian Society of Allergology and Immunopathology (NSAI).

Jean Bousquet, GARD Chairperson, and Alvaro Cruz, WHO were present. Different organizations working in the field of chronic respiratory diseases participated in the seminar, such as the Norwegian Medical Association, the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, the Finnish Allergy Programme, the University of Vilnius, the European Lung Foundation and the European Federation of Asthma and Allergy Patients.

The representatives of these organizations recognized the dimension of the problem of chronic respiratory diseases and suggested that a partnership of medical societies, patients, Ministry of Health and other potential interested parties might be the best way for effective immediate action for prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases.