The European Nutrition for Health Alliance works with key stakeholders to improve nutritional care across Europe.

About ENHA

The European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) is a charity, established to promote and implement nutritional risk screening and improve nutritional care for all European citizens.

Objectives

ENHA members and partners are key European professional societies, associations and patients groups in public health and health care. They work together to

  • promote and implement nutrition risk screening and optimal nutritional care across Europe
  • create public awareness of malnutrition/undernutrition
  • share good practices and create innovation
  • improve education and training in nutritional care.

Activities

European Parliament engagement

Since 2007, ENHA works with the European Parliament to include nutritional risk screening and good nutritional care in EU programmes. ENHA and members actively participate(d) in

  • ‘Together for Health’ 2008
  • European Partnership Action Against Cancer 2010
  • European Innovation Partnership ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’ 2012
  • MaNuEl: Malnutrition in the Elderly 2014
  • PROMISS: Prevention of malnutrition in Senior Subjects in the EU 2016

 

 

The new Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign logo

The Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign

In the European Union, member states are primarily responsible for their health care systems and financing. Therefore, ENHA designed the Optimal Nutritional Care for All campaign that was launched in 2013/2014.

In this campaign, ENHA supports 18 European countries to establish/strengthen national multi-stakeholder platforms to implement nutritional screening and improve nutritional care. In a number of countries, the national platforms work with the Ministry of Health. The 18 country delegations meet twice a year to update the state of play, exchange good practices and work on innovation projects.

European patient groups

In 2012 ENHA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European Patient Forum (EPF) and the European Genetic Alliance (EGAN). EPF and EGAN are fully engaged in the Optimal Nutritional Care for All activities. National patient group representatives participate in the country delegations.

ENHA members & partners

ENHA is co-chaired by Professor Olle Ljungqvist, representing the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and Professor Cornel Sieber, representing the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European region (IAGG).

·       Association Internationale de la Mutualité (AIM mutual health insurers)

·       European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing

·       European Federation of the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD)

·       European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE)

·       European Nursing Directors Association (ENDA)

·       European Society of Clinical Nutrition (ESPEN)

·       European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS)

·       International Association Geriatrics and Gerontology (IAGG)

·       International Longevity Centre – UK

·       Medical Nutrition International Industry (MNI)

Partners

European Genetic Alliance

European Patient Forum


Funding

ENHA members pay an annual fee to fund core activities. Annual fee levels are determined according to the status e.g. non-profit making, and the resources of the member. The Alliance also accepts unrestricted, project-specific funding from corporate and non-profit organisations.

For more details, please see the annual accounts of the Alliance, which are published on the Charity Commission website. The most recently submitted annual accounts can be found here.

Governance

ENHA is a non-profit charity incorporated and registered in England and Wales with limited liability. The charity status means that its income and property are solely for promoting the aims and objectives of the organisation.

 

ENHA activities are managed by the board of Trustees, which must contain at least three members and is responsible for making decisions (via a vote) including budget oversight, appointing the Secretary General, and approving policy statements.

Trustees are appointed as individuals, with the exception of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN), organisations, which appoint one Trustee each who are the Co-Chairs of the Alliance.

Trustees are not appointed for a fixed term of office and may continue as long as they respect the obligations of the role, for example regularly attending meetings. Trustees are not remunerated for their time, but may request the reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses related to Trustee activities.

Members of ENHA are non-profit organisations in the field of health and nutrition and commercial organisations in the field of nutrition, which support and implement ENHA policies, but do not participate in decision making.

Duties
Trustees
Partners
Attend ENHA meetings YES YES
Vote on decisions YES NO
Appoint the Secretary General YES NO
Approve budget and expenditure YES NO
Adopt ENHA policy statements YES NO
Undertake activities to support ENHA priorities YES YES
Pay annual membership fee NO YES

 

Trustees

The Trustees of ENHA are:
  • Olle Ljungqvist (ENHA Co-Chair – ESPEN Representative)
  • Cornel Sieber (ENHA Co-Chair – EUGMS Representative)
  • Ceri Green
  • Pascal Garel
  • Anne de Looy
  • Claude Pichard
  • Marcel Smeets

 

 

The individual interests of the trustees are:
Name
Paid employment
Other
Cornel Sieber Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany)
Ceri Green Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition (Netherlands) MNI member
Pascal Garel HOPE (Belgium)
Olle Ljungqvist Örebro University (Sweden) International Association of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (President)
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society for Perioperative Care (Chair)
Anne de Looy University of Plymouth (UK) EFAD (Honorary President)
Iris Meyenburg-Altwarg Hannover Medical School (Germany) ENDA (President)
Claude Pichard Geneva University Hospital (Switzerland)
Marcel Smeets Smeets, Stuger & De Vries (Netherlands) De Zorgambassade (Netherlands)