Archive for April, 2016

Chronic Kidney Disease Control program launched in Turkey

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The Turkish Society of Nephrology together with the Ministry of Health has launched the Chronic Kidney Disease Control Program in Turkey.

With the overall aim of improving early detection of chronic kidney disease, the programme is structured around two main objectives:

• As a first step, the CKD-Epi formula based assessment of glomerular filtration rates will become mandatory in all laboratories in Turkey, whether they are private, state-owned or university laboratories. Implementation of this measure is expected by June 2016.

• The second objective of the program is to develop a hypertension module under which checking blood pressure will be mandatory on healthy adults admitted in primary care units by the end of 2016.

In addition, both entities are conducting work to develop a program to guide primary care physicians in the evaluation, treatment, follow-up and referral of hypertensive patients. To support the development of the program, the Turkish Society of Pediatric Nephrology, the Turkish Society of Cardiology and the Turkish Society of Primary Care Physicians are participating in the project. Guidelines and educational documents are expected to be finalised by the end of 2017.

EU-funded project to look into possible actions to prevent non-communicable diseases and address challenges related to nutrition and physical activity

News 2European Commission’s Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE) launched in February 2016 the preparatory action SciView to assess scientific evidence and define policy guidelines for more effective action to tackle nutrition and physical activity-related health challenges; and help prevent non-communicable diseases, with the goal of “gathering evidence for a healthier EU”.

This two-year project comes in line with the European Commission’s overall aim of improving health in Europe and particularly by promoting healthy diets and healthy lifestyles, with a focus on vulnerable people and low income population groups.

Reviews to be conducted under the project focus on eight areas, including sources of calories consumed and physical activity undertaken by EU citizens; consumption, energy intake and impact of fruit juices and of artificially and sugar sweetened beverages on health; possible early warning indicators for changes in population overweight and obesity.

Building on the outcomes of interviews with experts, case studies and expert workshops that will be organized, the project will deliver comprehensive reviews of published scientific evidence and publications in these eight areas with corresponding sets of policy recommendations through eight reports that will be produced for each topic; in addition to the development of easy-to-understand brochures.

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Working Group on Living Donation develops guidelines on Living Kidney Donation

EKHA news 1In the framework of EU “Action Plan on organ donation and transplantation (2009-2015): Strengthened Cooperation between Member States”, nominated experts from national competent authorities members of the Working Group on Living Donation have developed a comprehensive toolbox aimed at providing reference guidance to EU Member States on living organ donation for transplantation.

The document provides for guidelines and core principles on legal and ethical aspects of living donation; donor evaluation, selection and protection; donor registries; psychological aspects of living donation; and financial and economic aspects of living donation programmes. Giving good practice examples and referring to relevant documents developed at European and international levels, it provides a set of recommendations to build effective living donor kidney transplant programmes, with the overarching aim to support EU Member States in establishing or optimising their national living donation programmes.

The Working Group especially highlights that although kidney donation in the EU has increased over the last years, especially thanks to living donations, annual rates of living kidney transplants between EU Member States widely vary, stressing that optimizing the use of living kidney donation could increase kidney transplantation rates in some European countries. The document outlines that this would improve access to transplantation for patients in need while significantly reducing the healthcare expenditure related to dialysis.

In terms of good practice examples, the Working Group particularly highlights the case of the Netherlands for developing successful living donor programmes and being one of the few European countries having established a national donor registry including a follow-up database for living kidney donors; Spain for legal and ethical aspects of living donation. UK’s efforts to optimise the benefits of the national living donor kidney sharing schemes, to ensure cost neutrality of the financial impact on the living kidney donor, and the country’s scheme to manage potential conflicts of interest between donors and recipients are also put forward.

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