On 16 January 2024, the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA) published its Kidney Manifesto, “An EU Strategy to Improve Kidney Care”, in anticipation of the 2024 European Union (EU) elections. 

The European Elections present a unique opportunity to give kidney health the attention it deserves at the EU level. Despite its extremely heavy and growing burden, chronic kidney disease (CKD) suffers from a blatant lack of recognition in European health policies and initiatives, which results in a lack of awareness, absent prevention measures, late diagnosis, gaps in funding for research and innovation and poor patient outcomes. If we don’t act now, CKD will become the 5th leading cause of premature mortality by 2040. 

The Kidney Manifesto identifies 3 key priorities to improve kidney health in Europe:  

  • Improving the primary and secondary prevention of kidney disease, through the implementation of an EU code for CKD prevention. 
  • Improving organ donation and transplantation in the EU, through the implementation of a second EU Action Plan on Organ Donation and Transplantation. 
  • Fostering innovation in kidney therapies, through stimulating public-private partnerships for innovative therapies. 

Discover the Manifesto here.

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