Portugal officially joined ONCA campaign in December 2016 with the objective of implementing the ONCA united vision locally:
Despite all previous efforts, for the last 30 years, disease-related malnutrition (DRM) has been a serious public health problem in Portugal, which led to high socioeconomics costs for both patients and the healthcare system:
It is estimated that 2 in 4 adult patients in Portuguese hospitals are at risk of malnutrition or are already malnourished – exceeding the European average of “1 in 4 adult patients” – and that almost 115.000 outpatients are currently requiring nutritional support with medical nutrition.
It’s a credible multi-stakeholder platform with international visibility where 18 countries are fully aligned in one unique mission and good practices sharing.
ONCA helped to engage with health authorities, medical societies, patient associations and other relevant stakeholders. Currently, ONCA campaign involves PEN society, 12 patient association alliance “Nutrition for all”, MoH, health authorities, medical societies, payers, national industry group and it’s growing: every new stakeholder tackled engages and embraces ONCA.
ONCA dashboards were used to compare our reality with other European countries within MoH.
A clinical evidence & health economics dossier was developed and presented to MoH, Parliamentary Health Committee and other relevant stakeholders. The dossier includes strong arguments which allowed a strong political commitment.
It was possible to show our political stakeholders the dimension of this global campaign by hosting the Optimal Nutritional Care for All Conference in 2018:
In summary, due to the effective implementation of a local campaign by taking ONCA credibility to the political level, it was possible to achieve so far:
PT Dashboard September 2018 – progress measurement and monitoring
PT Dashboard November 2019 – progress measurement and monitoring