Childhood respiratory health

Join us at the European Parliament on 5 March as we address the pressing topic of inequalities in paediatric respiratory healthcare.

5 March 2024 | European Parliament | 12:00 to 14:00 CET

Inequities in healthcare not only impact the treatment of respiratory diseases but also significantly hinder prevention efforts.” – Prof. Monika Gappa, ERS President, Professor of Paediatrics and Director of the Children’s Hospital, EVK Düsseldorf


About this event

Led by the European Respiratory Society’s (ERS) President Prof. Monika Gappa and co-hosted by MEP Patrizia Toia and MEP Romana Jerković, this event will welcome policymakers, stakeholders in respiratory healthcare and other interested parties as we present information under five key areas:

  • Importance of respiratory health in early childhood: understanding how early life events shape lung health and overall well-being, emphasising the critical nature of addressing respiratory health from the earliest stages of life.
  • Impact of health inequalities on respiratory health: highlighting the influence of disparities on preventive measures and the overall management of respiratory diseases among children. Analysing how socioeconomic factors significantly affect children’s respiratory health outcomes.
  • Challenges in availability and accessibility of medicines: discussing the stark reality of unequal access to respiratory medicines across different regions in Europe. Addressing the barriers that limit children’s access to vital treatments and exploring potential solutions.
  • Urgent need for collaborative actions: Stressing the immediate necessity for synergistic efforts across European and national levels to address the gaps in children’s respiratory healthcare, swiftly and effectively.
  • The role of awareness and research: recognising the pivotal role of awareness campaigns and research initiatives in driving change. Proposing strategies to increase awareness about respiratory health in children and advocating for research that encompasses the paediatric aspect in healthcare initiatives.

Who can attend and how to register

This event is now fully booked and registration is closed.

The attendee list includes policymakers, stakeholders in respiratory healthcare and other interested parties.