Archive for May, 2019

EKHA Monthly Newsletter

May 2019

EKHA Activities

Thematic Network Update

The 1st Thematic Network webinar presentation and recording on Improving organ donation and transplantation in the EU is now available on the Health Policy Platform.

Login or register here, if you have not already done so, to access the outputs from the webinar, as well as EKHA’s preliminary draft Joint Statement and share your feedback.

Should you have any questions, please e-mail

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Registration is now open for the 6th Annual European Kidney Forum on Tuesday, 25 June at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

The Policy Roundtable will feature speakers from the Commission, Member State representatives involved in transplantation, the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT), patients and professionals.

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EU Policy


Following on the elections for the European Parliament, which took place from 23-26 May, EU leaders will meet to begin the process of nominating a new Commission President.

A formal decision is expected at their scheduled meeting on 21 June, where they will also hope to nominate a new President of the European Council and EU Foreign Minister.

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EU Health Programme 2019 Project Grants Announced

The Commission’s Health Programme has announced a Call for Proposals for Project Grants. The tentative date of submission opening is 21 May 2019 and the deadline for submission is 10 September 2019.

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G7 Health Ministerial Session

On 16-17 May, the G7 Paris Health Ministers’ Meeting was held under the French presidency of the G7 and chaired by Agnès Buzyn, French Minister for Solidarity and Health. Discussion focused on strengthening primary health care to addresse the needs of populations at every stage of life, including prevention, screening and care. Outputs included the G7 Ministers’ Declaration and a primary healthcare policy brief published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  in support of the G7 Ministerial meeting.

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  WHO’s 72nd World Health Assembly

From 20-28 May, WHO Member State delegations from the European Region and around the world gathered to discuss collective action on health priorities in the coming years, including prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.

The 2019 agenda covered several key strategic priorities including implementing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal health coverage (UHC) and strengthening primary health care, which will contribute to preparations for the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on UHC this autumn.

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Upcoming Activities

Activity/Event Date
ERA-EDTA National Societies Meeting 12 June, 2019
56th ERA-EDTA Congress Budapest (Hungary) 13-16 June, 2019
World Blood Donor Day 14 June, 2019
IMI2 Call 18 & 19 and webinars 14-26 June, 2019
European Development Days (EDD)—Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind, Brussels 18-19 June, 2019
EKHA Associate Members Meeting 25 June, 2019
EKHA Management Committee Meeting 25-26 June, 2019
European Kidney Forum25 June, 2019
IMI Call: Central repository of digital pathology slides to support the development of artificial intelligence tools 26 June, 2019
IMI Call: Improving patient access, understanding and adherence to healthcare information: an integrated digital health information project 26 June, 2019
16th International Congress of the Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplant Association (CIRTA 2019), Paris 3-6 July, 2019
Horizon 2020 Health Partnering Day 2019, Brussels 4 July, 2019
EKHA Thematic Network on Organ Donation and Transplantation: Webinar 2 10 September, 2019
48th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference Prague, Czech Republic 14-17 September, 2019
First European Cell Therapy and Organ Regeneration Section (ECTORS) Meeting, Copenhagen 14-15 September, 2019
ESOT Congress 2019, Copenhagen 15-18 September, 2019
The Finnish EU Presidency conference on the Economy of Wellbeing, Brussels 17-19 September, 2019
European Research and Innovation Days 24 -26 September, 2019
EU Health Programme High Level Conference (DG Sante), Brussels 30 September, 2019
EKHA Thematic Network on Organ Donation and Transplantation: Endorsement period of Joint Statement September – November, 2019
EKHA Thematic Network on Organ Donation and Transplantation: Submission of final version of Joint Statement 3 October, 2019
Eurotransplant Annual Meeting 2019, Netherlands 10-11 October, 2019
EKHA Thematic Network on Organ Donation and Transplantation: Presentation of the Joint Statements at the EU Health Policy Platform Meeting 17 October, 2019
European Health Forum Gastein, Austria 2-4 October, 2019
European Day for Organ Donation and Transplantation (EODD) London (UK) 12 October, 2019
Dutch Kidney Foundation Red Carpet 23 November, 2019
Closure of the 2019 Thematic Network Cycle, transformation into stakeholder network and lessons learned webinar with SANTE Units and the HPP team. December (TBC)

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual European Kidney Forum

Tuesday, 25 June at the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels

Preparations for the 6th Annual European Kidney Forum: Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU are well underway.

In addition to the attendance of MEP Hilda Vautmans, EKHA is excited to announce the following speakers have been secured to participate in the Policy Roundtable discussion:

  • Stefaan Van der Spiegel from DG SANTE on the role of the European Commission in fostering improved Organ Donation and Transplantation in Europe
  • Elisabeth Coll, Medical Director, Spanish National Transplant Organization on the Spanish success story in achieving high transplantation rates
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Heemann, German Chief of Nephrology, Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich on the challenges of organ availability, and improving efficiency and accessibility of transplant systems
  • Dr. Stela Živčić Ćosić, a Croatian nephrologist involved in kidney transplantation on models of international collaboration to address challenges in organ donation and transplantation
  • Gabriel C. Oniscu, ESOT Secretary, sharing the transplant professionals’ perspective
  • Robert van der Wolk, sharing the patient’s perspective and
  • EKHA Chairman, Prof. Raymond Vanholder on care continuity for long-term transplant patients

Moderated by Prof Wim Van Biesen, Chief of the Department of Nephrology, Ghent University Hospital, the Policy Roundtable will feature interactive and engaging dialogue about the challenges and opportunities for organ donation and transplantation across EU. The ideas and insights captured from the panel discussion will inform the EU Thematic Network Joint Statement on Organ Donation and Transplantation. Interested stakeholders can login or register here to access the Joint Statement and join our Network.

EHKA has also secured funding for the Forum, which would not have been possible without the generous and unrestricted support of Vifor Pharma, CSL Behring, B Braun, Baxter, Astellas and Amgen.

Please follow this link to register to the event.

To access the full programme details, check out our upcoming events page of our website here.

EKHA’s 1st Thematic Network Webinar

On Wednesday 08 May 2019, EKHA and its Network partners exchanged ideas and comments during the first webinar of the Thematic Network on “Improving organ donation and transplantation in the EU. The presentation and streaming recording link are now available on the Health Policy Platform website. The streaming recording link will be available until 08 November 2019, along with other webinars hosted by the EU Health Policy Platform. These can be found on the dedicated page of the Public Health website.

EKHA has also released a preliminary draft of the Joint Statement, which can be found in the library tab of our Thematic Network page. Interested stakeholders are asked to share their feedback by 10 June. We kindly ask that you provide your comments and ideas in “track changes”, for easy identification of additions. Once reviewed, please send your amended version to: By contributing to the drafting process of the Joint Statement, you are helping shape the policy dialogue on the future of Organ Donation and Transplantation in the EU.

 Login or register here to access the Joint Statement and join our Network.