EKHA is an alliance of four societies created in 2007 to focus the attention of the political community and, through the media, of people at large, on the burden of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) considering patients’ morbidity/mortality as well as the socio-economic impact of dialysis and transplantation in Europe: besides the ERA-EDTA, the European Kidney Patients’ Federation (EKPF, former CEAPIR), the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses’ Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) and Dutch Kidney Foundation (DKF) are EKHA management committee members.
The EKHA management committee, which includes two representatives of ERA-EDTA nominated by the Council, works closely with the people involved in the European health organization to increase the awareness on CKD throughout Europe.
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New editorial article by Prof. Raymond Vanholder, EKHA President
Prof. Raymond Vanholder has been invited by the editorial team of the Friends of Europe Think Thank, in his capacity as ECDA and EKHA President, to write an article on ‘How do healthcare systems manage chronic diseases during COVID-19 and beyond’ using CKD as an illustrative example.
Read the article here
EKHA holds a successful webinar on COVID-19 and kidney care
The EKHA webinar ‘Towards a resilient and patient centered approach to kidney care in Europe: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and harnessing future preparedness’, took place on 27th October 2020 and gathered over 65 participants from across 18 different countries. The recommendations highlighted by patients, health professionals, researchers and EU officials during the webinar will be compiled in a call to action to EU policy makers. You will find the recording of the meeting below.
EKHA offers its support to Eurostat
On early November 2020, EKHA contacted the statistical office of the European Union Eurostat to outline a substantial underestimation in their statistics of the mortality due to CKD in the EU, following the publication of their data. Eurostat data indicate that 37,849 people die from CKD each year in the EU whilst the 2020 Global Burden of Disease study shows that this number equals 92,444. EKHA offered its support to correct the figures and collect accurate data in the future.
ECDA asks to extend the mandate of the European Center Disease Control (ECDC) to NCDs
ECDA published a position statement asking to extend the ECDC mandate and capacity to NCDs instead of communicable diseases only. With such an extended mandate, ECDC could centralise, analyse and interpret comparable data, provide scientific advice to Member States & contribute to the implementation of relevant EU legislation.
EKHA contributes to the hearing of the Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health
During this hearing, which took place on 20th October 2020, EKHA, represented by Marion Braks (transplanted Kidney Patient), asked to include CKD patients as the most vulnerable group to COVID-19 in the final position paper of the Expert Panel. As a follow up, EKHA suggested similar text amendments to the report.
One week left to answer the survey on NCDs and COVID-19
The Global Non-Communicable Disease NCD Alliance, is undertaking a comprehensive online consultation of people living with non-communicable disease including patients and carers.
Over the summer, EKHA has sent its contribution to the public consultation on the EU pharmaceutical strategy. In this paper, EKHA is calling for ambitious action to improve the availability and affordability of innovative drugs and devices for the treatment of kidney failure.
ECDA Open Letter to AGRIFISH Council – Front of Pack Nutrition labelling
On the occasion of World Food Day and ahead of the next AGRIFISH Council, ECDA has issued an open letter to Ministers responsible for Agriculture to express its support for the adoption of a harmonized, interpretative and mandatory EU front-of-pack (FOP) nutrition labelling system after seven member states have raised concerns on the implementation of such an initiative across Europe.
EKHA, on behalf of ECDA, meets with European Health Commissioner Kyriakides to discuss the EU response to chronic diseases
On 18 September, Prof. Raymond Vanholder, on behalf of the European Chronic Disease Alliance (of which EKHA holds the presidency), met with the Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides to discuss chronic disease prevention and control in Europe, the EU4Health programme and Europe’s Beating Cancer plan. The Commissioner reaffirmed her commitment to do more for Europeans’ health, in particular in the field of chronic disease, in the aftermath of COVID-19.
EKHA contributes to article: ‘Funding kidney research as a public health priority: challenges and opportunities’
The new article published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (NDT) discusses the important role that scientific societies can play in interacting with funding bodies to optimize the allocation of research funding in Europe.
Read more and access the full article via the link here.
2020 European Kidney Forum recording
The full recording of the 2020 European Kidney Forum webinar on improving organ donation and transplantation in the EU is available online via this link.