Following the participation of Belgium in the ENHA conference in Berlin (Nov 2015), the delegation that presented its nutritional dashboard, decided, with the support of the federal Public Authorities, to create a national platform to take part in the dynamics of the ONCA campaign at national and European levels.
Contacts were taken with representatives of healthcare professionals (physicians, pharmacists, dietitians, nurses, language therapists, paramedic, kitchen chefs and kitchen staff…), associations, organizations, teachers, foundations, institutions, … even with Public Authorities, insurances, patients, food and medical industry, catering and other services providers.
For many years, a lot of initiatives at various levels are taken by Public Authorities, healthcare professionals, service providers and industry to improve both quality of food supply and nutritional care. But malnutrition remains a Belgian challenge in all care sectors: hospitals, rest and nursing homes, rehabilitation centres, care centres for the disabled and at home.
Our strength is to pool on a very broad platform of competencies and forces of Belgian partners to create a win-win situation with the exchange of information and experiments, to build the momentum, to reinforce current actions and develop new goals together.
First, key actions were identified and led to workgroups with moderators:
At the same time, we described together our global project in a “Position Paper” (scroll down to download) to be approved by all partners.
Two meetings/year are organised with systematically feedback from each workgroup. All projects or texts will be submitted to all partners for comments and approval before further steps are taken. We want to progress together, step by step, with scientific rigour.
Belgium Alliance ONCA is neutral, independent and freely welcomes all Belgian potential actors.
At January 2019, BA ONCA included 45 stakeholders!