The paper “Reducing the costs of chronic kidney disease while delivering quality health care: a call to action” co-authored by EKHA Chairman Prof. Raymond Vanholder and past Chairman Prof. Norbert Lameire, Prof. Lieven Annemans, Prof. Edwina Brown, Prof. Ron Gansevoort, Prof. Judith J. Gout-Zwart, Prof. Rachael L. Morton, Prof. Rainer Oberbauer, Prof. Maarten J. Postma, Prof. Marcello Tonelli, Prof. Wim Van Biesen and ERA-EDTA President Prof. Carmine Zoccali was published in Nature Reviews Nephrology (NRN) in May 2017.
Co-drafted several position papers of the European Chronic Disease Alliance calling for EU action on risk factors (salt, transfat, alcohol harm, tobacco use, physical inactivity)
Following on the theme and outcomes of the 2018 Kidney Forum, Prof Vanholder et al. have authored the article “How to increase kidney transplant activity throughout Europe—an advocacy review by the European Kidney Health Alliance” examining the current status of kidney transplantation in Europe and offers recommendations for the improvement of transplantation rates. In this article, the authors advocate for improved access to data, increased education initiatives, promotion of transplantation coordination projects and appropriate legal and financial frameworks that favour organ donation. In developing plans and targets for the EU as a whole, authors suggest countries with specific characteristics should be clustered together, depending on their baseline transplantation rates. Acknowledging that equal attention to countries with low transplantation rates, as with those with a medium or high rates, should have differentiated strategies according to their grouping, as action plans may differ depending on which areas need the most improvement. The article is available at Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation,
Co-drafted several position papers of the European Chronic Disease Alliance calling for EU action on risk factors (salt, transfat, alcohol harm, tobacco use, physical inactivity).