The campaign supports national professional societies, associations and patient groups in public health and health care to implement nutritional risk screening and optimal nutritional care in their country. The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) provides structure, coordinates, inspires and facilitates.
ENHA has appointed a Steering Committee from its membership to lead the initiative through strategic guidance and engagement with partners at national level. The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from ESPEN, EUGMS, HOPE, EFAD, EGAN and MNI.
Up to 2010, ENHA worked extensively with members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders to organise political support to get disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition on the European health agenda.
At a conference organised in November 2010 together with European Parliament members and the Belgian EU Presidency, one of the conclusions was to translate political support into action in the form of implementation at national level.
Since 2011, ENHA developed collaborations with selected countries including Belgium and Ireland to engage in this implementation process. Several countries in Europe are now making progress in various ways towards improving nutritional care. ENHA felt that the time is right to speed up the process to make sure that all patients in Europe receive optimal nutritional care.
There are eighteen countries currently involved in the ONCA campaign: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Poland Turkey and the UK.
The ONCA campaign supports collaborative efforts to combat malnutrition across Europe. To that end, ONCA members are encouraged to respond to calls for action both as individual members and through campaign-wide responses.
Below you can find a number of calls for action which ONCA has responded to, and will continue to engage with.
STOP disease related malnutrition - 2009
Urgent action on malnutrition
The fight against malnutrition - 2011
Below you can find a selection of the latest progress dashboards for ONCA member countries. These dashboards monitor progress and outcomes across a range of indicators for nutritional screening, care and provision.