NAAF is divided into 10 regions and have more than 63 local associations all over the country. NAAF owns and runs a healthcare center, Det Norske Helsesenter at Gran Canaria, in addition to Geilomo children's hospital which is run by Rikshospitalet University Hospital's pediatric clinic.
Why do we exist?
Asthma and allergies are among the very few chronic illnesses that are still on the rise, especially amongst children and adolescents. Research indicates that the reasons for this increase are related to chemicals and pollution in our modern society.
The environment, both indoors and outdoors, contributes to the development of hypersensivity and exacerbate symptoms in those who have already developed illnesses. NAAF is heavily involved with these issues and we therefore also regard ourself to be an environmental organisation.
Paradoxically, being ill requires a lot of energy. The chronically ill have rights, but have to actively go out and claim them. In addition, a chronic illness becomes part of the family – and demands a lot of time and effort. NAAF wishes to help ease these people's burdens.
Our organisation's main objectives can be summed up as follows:
To support research in order to unveil the reasons behind the increasing prevalence – in order for the appropriate preventative measures to be implemented.
To aid everyone with a diagnose so they may enjoy the best quality of life possible despite of their illness.
To aid commercial businesses in the production and promotion of new and safer products.
NAAF focuses on its members
NAAF has a particular responsibility towards its members and keeps in touch with them through the magazine AstmaAllergi, issued five times a year and included in the membership fee.
The many membership benefits include the NAAF's advisory service, consisting of physicians, nurses and indoor climate experts. The NAAF-lawyer helps members with legal matters, such as (possible) occupational injuries and provides guidance in social security and entitlement issues.
A number of courses and social events take place locally – often aimed at the entire family with activities for all age groups.
NAAF owns and runs the Norwegian pollenforecast. Pollen allergy affects more than 1 million norwegians. The pollen season runs from the beginning of March to the end of August.