The European Nutrition for Health Alliance works with key stakeholders to improve nutritional care across Europe.
In December 2018, Chantal Gill’ard died at the much too young age of 48 after eight years of dealing with breast cancer. Chantal was a multi-talent with a big, social heart. She has been member of the Netherlands’ Parliament from 2006 till 2010. Together with Cees Smit, Chantal was interested in the use of nutrition in health care and both became active in the European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) to represent the patient perspective in nutrition.
Together with Ceri Green and Cees, she wrote the book ‘Patient Perspectives on Nutrition’ which was published in 2013 and presented at the annual congress of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). In that way, bridges were built between scientists, dieticians, health care professionals, industry and patients. Chantal was also one of the founders of the Dutch Platform Patients and Food, together with Gaston Remmers and Cees Smit. Because of her illness, she had to stop this work in 2015. Besides these activities, she was active as a ‘doula’, a pregnancy coach and was chair of the The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence.
We certainly will miss Chantal and we wish her sons Enzo and Arum as well as her family love and strength.
Gaston Remmers, Cees Smit and Frank de Man
ENHA members and partners are key European professional societies, associations and patients groups in public health and health care. They work together to
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
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
|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|
|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)|