Awards HCFA-TEAM February 15, 2023


Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association has been awarded for its successful actions and its significant contribution to the improvement of the quality of life of CF patients and their families in Greece and for raising awareness about the disease.

The awards encourage us, patients and caregivers, as patients representatives to offer our volunteer work with higher professionalism!

Teva Humanizing Health Award 2023 for CF Helpline

The Teva Humanizing Health Award 2023 was awarded to the Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association for the start of the project “Helpline for CF: Unlimited Breath”. A specialized psychologist will provide support to the CF community and to everyone who is affected directly or indirectly by the disease. The project is running for the first time in Greece. 

Teva, through the Humanizing Health program, awarded 6 Non-Profit Organizations for their actions in the health sector. It’s a social initiative of Teva that recognizes, promotes and rewards new actions in the health sector, which will improve the daily life and quality of life of patients. As every year, the winners were chosen by Teva employees, who voted for the award-winning programs.

Bronze Healthcare Award 2023 Psychosocial support

The Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association was awarded for its psychosocial support program “Breath Unlimited”, with the Bronze Healthcare Award 2023 in the category “Patient Associations, supporting/ member educating Activities” during the Healthcare Business Awards 2023.

The awards were organised for the 8th year by Boussias Events and Health Daily.

The Association’s psychosocial support programme includes psychological support groups for adult CF and their caregivers, online coffee breaks support meetings and the new benefits guide on the Association’s reconstructed website. Warm thanks to Dr. Dipl.-Psych. Stavroula Rakitzi for the volunteer coordination of the psychological support groups.

During the award ceremony, which was held at the InterContinental Athenaeum Athens Hotel, more than 400 representatives of the pharmaceutical sector, the academic and scientific community, non-profit institutions and patient associations attended to award the contributions to Health, Science and Society for the past year.

The Evaluation Committee was chaired by Mr. Nektarios Tavernarakis, Vice President of the European Research Council (ERC), Chairman of the Board of Directors of FORTH, Professor, University of Crete Medical School, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. The committee consisted of pharmaceutical sector executives, company consultants, patient associations, physicians and academics, as well as representatives of authorities and institutional bodies, etc.

Prix Galien
Greece 2021
Patient Initiative

Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association was awarded with the Patient Initiative Award 2021 in the category “Best Effective Negotiation between Patients’ Associations and Stakeholders”, rewarding the method of approach and cooperation with stakeholders (Ministry of Health, EOPYY, health journalists, scientific companies, etc) at the Prix Galien Greece 2021 event. The award ceremony took place at the Zappeion Hall in the presence of health representatives, politicians, the Deputy Minister of Health, pharmaceutical companies and Patients’ Associations. The Prix Galien awards are the Nobel Prizes for Pharmaceuticals, an important institution that recognizes significant work in the field of pharmaceuticals.

In October 2019 the innovative treatment Kaftrio, which benefits about 90% of CF patients worldwide, was approved by FDA. The PRIX GALIEN GREECE 2021 award was a recognition of the crucial role of HCFA, which pressed all stakeholders and in April 2020 managed to activate in Greece the early access program to the revolutionary treatment. Thanks to the activation of the programme, about 30 Greek CF patients in critical lung condition were benefited and  saved and the groundwork was laid to assure start access to treatment for all eligible CF patients in Greece.

Behind the honorary award of the Association there were months of efforts of a large group of determined Cystic Fibrosis patients and their parents, who defied the prognosis and against all predictions set a lifelong goal to achieve the impossible and save their lives. With their successful fight CF patients proved that patients can be leaders and take their salvation into their own hands.

Silver Healthcare Award 2021 «Breath Unlimited - Be a life donor»

HCFA was awarded for the successful campaign of transplantation and organ donation “Breath Unlimited- Be a life donor”, with the Silver Healthcare Award in the category “Patient Associations, Actions of Awareness/ Prevention” during the Healthcare Business Awards 2021 of Boussias and Health Daily. Initial campaign activities included the illumination of the building of the Hellenic Parliament, a TV spot, a mural at the hospital of Nikaia Piraeus “Agios Panteleimon” with the story of an 18-year-old transplant CF patient and an online challenge. The actions of the campaign are supported by the President of the Republic and are under the auspices of the National Transplantation Organization and the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center, resulting in increasing the organ donors Greece. 

The award was dedicated  to the memory of the deceased General Secretary of the Association and CF patient, Vassilis Palios, who advocated for transplants until his last breath, with the promise that the Association will continue the fight for Unlimited Breath and 2nd chance for life for all CF patients and for every patient with respiratory disease. Here is the video of the award’s dedication to the deceased Vassilis Palios by the President of the Association, Anna Spinou. Here  you can find more about the campaign.

In the ceremony attended more than 300 representatives of the pharmaceutical sector, representatives of academic and scientific community, non- profit and patient associations. A large part of the awarded actions were related to Covid-19 pandemic. The Chairman of the Evaluation Committee was the Academician and former Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Loukas Papademos.

Gold Healthcare Award 2016 for the "Each breath" campaign

The Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association received the Gold Healthcare Award 2016 in the category “Patient Associations, Actions of Awareness/ Prevention” for the creation of the first awareness campaign for Cystic Fibrosis “EACH BREATH”. The HealthCare Business Awards ceremony was held on Friday, September 9, 2016, to highlight and reward business excellence, innovation, development initiatives and best practices of companies, institutions and organizations in the healthcare industry.

The creation of the awareness campaign “EACH BREATH- a step closer to our dreams”, was initiated by the Hellenic Cystic Fibrosis Association in 2012, aiming to raise public awareness of the completely unknown disease of Cystic Fibrosis in the general public.

As part of the campaign, the CF patients themselves shared publicly their stories with Cystic Fibrosis and their everyday lives with the disease for the first time. At the same time, the donation system to the Association was organized by CF souvenirs and cycling events were held in Athens and Thessaloniki on the occasion of the World Cystic Fibrosis Day, while a musical concert and information booths were organized in order to raise awareness about the disease. The CF patients themselves, as the inspirers, creators, protagonists and executors of the campaign, dared to expose themselves in public and for the first time publicly to present their personal stories and inform the public about the invisible disease of Cystic Fibrosis, the most common hereditary disease. Here you can find more about the campaign.