e-Newsletter - February 2016

Save the date : EKHA EU Kidney Forum 

EKHA 2016 EU Kidney Forum will take place on the 19th of April at EU Thon Hotel in Brussels, from 17.00 to 21.00. 

More information on the 2016 edition of the EU Kidney Forum here

EKHA has recently joined the social media Twitter. EKHA's handle on Twitter is @EKHA_EU and you can visit our account here
EKHA joins EU Presidency Conference to agree guidance on reducing salt, sugar and fat in foods 
Reformulating foods to reduce salt and sugar, therefore making the healthy food choice, the easy choice, in order to reduce the burden of chronic diseases in Europe, is the main challenge being discussed by EU member states, food industry and NGOs at a conference on improving food products hosted by the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU. The programme included sessions on public-private partnerships and innovation in the food sector.

More information on the conference's outcome here.

Priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity

As multi-morbidity – the co-occurrence of at least two chronic conditions in one person - is becoming a major public threat in Europe, the European Union enhanced a reflexion to develop a framework addressing the related challenges, in order to improve patient’s quality of life, while ensuring the sustainability of healthcare systems. 
On the 27th of October, stakeholders met with EU policy-makers to define policy priorities to address multi-morbid patients during an EU-organised conference, 'Which priorities for a European policy on multimorbidity? 

Read about the main developments here. 

World first kidney transplant using 3D printing performed in Northern Ireland

3D printing has been used for the first time in the world to support kidney transplant surgery between an adult donor and a child recipient, Lucy, a three-year-old girl from Northern Ireland.

Read about the innovative kidney transplant here

Increasing living kidney donation in the Netherlands 

The Dutch Kidney Foundation and the Dutch Kidney Patient Association have launched a joint initiative to inform and support potential living kidney donors and kidney patients, with the overall aim to increase living kidney donation in the Netherlands, through the new website “Nierdonatie bij leven” (“living kidney donation”). 
The Dutch Parliament will discuss this month on a new legislation on donor registration, which could possibly lead to an increase in national rates for kidney donation in the Netherlands. 

Read about the Dutch updates on living kidney donation here

Better managing patients with CKD and increasing awareness of kidney disease: the Austrian 60/20 program

The Austrian Society of Nephrology (ÖGN) has just launched the 60/20 program, with the aim of increasing awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and improving the management of CKD-diagnosed patients in Austria. 

More information on the 60/20 program here
EKHA is an alliance of European and national patient, nurse and nephrology societies and foundations working in partnership at the policy level to improve strategies for prevention, care, and ultimately the outcomes of kidney patients in Europe.
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