Today, the 26th February 2021, EKHA, together with the European Kidney Patients’ Federation (EKPF) met with EU Commissioner for Health Stella Kyriakides to discuss the unmet needs and challenges around Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Europe.
During this meeting, EKHA & EKPF discussed the growing and alarming burden of CKD and the long-standing challenges faced by CKD patients in the EU, paying particular attention to the impact of COVID-19. Further, EKHA seized the occasion to share its Call to Action to improve prevention, treatment and care of CKD in the aftermath of COVID-19, also launched today.
During the meeting, Commissioner Kyriakides was remarkably receptive to these issues and expressed strong concern about the dire consequences of COVID-19 on CKD patients. In the coming months, EKHA and EKPF will keep working with the European Commission to ensure that CKD patients’ needs, especially in the context of COVID-19, are placed high on the EU agenda.