The European Nutrition for Health Alliance



The Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign

Launched in 2014, the Optimal Nutritional Care for All (ONCA) campaign is a multi-stakeholder initiative to facilitate greater screening for risk of disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition and nutritional care implementation across Europe. ENHA is the driving force behind the campaign, and has appointed a Steering Committee from its membership to lead the initiative through strategic guidance and engagement with partners at national level. The Steering Committee is made up of representatives from ESPEN, EUGMS, ESPEN, PGEU, HOPE, EFAD, EGAN and MNI.

Why was the campaign launched?

Up to 2010, ENHA worked extensively with members of the European Parliament and other stakeholders to organise political support to get disease-related malnutrition/undernutrition on the European health agenda. At a conference organised in November 2010 together with European Parliament members and the Belgian EU Presidency, one of the conclusions was to translate political support into action in the form of implementation at national level. Since 2011, ENHA developed collaborations with selected countries including Belgium and Ireland to engage in this implementation process. Several countries in Europe are now making progress in various ways towards improving nutritional care. ENHA felt that the time is right to speed up the process to make sure that all patients in Europe receive optimal nutritional care.

What are the key steps in the campaign?

The ONCA campaign aims to engage with diverse stakeholders in selected focus countries to:

  • Encourage them to form/strengthen a national alliance of stakeholders and develop national nutritional care plans
  • Facilitate these stakeholders to benchmark current status in order to develop an aligned view on the current state of play with respect to nutritional care in a given country
  • Bring these stakeholders together at Implementation Conferences in Brussels and Berlin.
  • Bring these stakeholders together at a Workshop in Dubrovnik, Croatia on the 17 April 2015
  • Use these events to define and reconfirm the nutritional care strategies for subsequent implementation at national level

Which countries are involved?

There are fourteen countries currently involved in the ONCA campaign; Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey and the UK.

The ENHA Steering Committee selected these countries on the basis of a number of factors, including:

  • ENHA member presence in the country
  • Evidence of steps already made to ensure implementation of screening and access to good nutritional care
  • Willingness from national stakeholders to take steps in the direction of positive change and engage in multi-stakeholder collaboration
  • Size of the country