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Optimal Nutritional Care for All: Turning Dreams into Reality

In November 2014 representatives from eight countries in Europe came together in Brussels to share their dreams of having a National Nutritional Plan to address and prevent malnutrition in their country under the banner ‘Optimal Nutritional Care for All’ (ONCA). The meeting, supported by the European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA)and its partners, provided insight from successful countries, ideas, facilitation and a framework for developing and meeting milestones. Following this meeting and the charter signed by all to commit to providing working towards Optimal Nutritional Care for All, much work has been undertaken to develop the objectives set out in Brussels.

On 17th April 2015, five months after the first meeting, where some of the country stakeholders had met for the first time, delegates from each of the eight country groups came together with ENHA, and its partners to present on their work to date, share outcomes of their activities and describe next steps. This meeting, chaired by Anne de Looy of EFAD1 and Rocco Barrazzoni of ESPEN2, was held in Dubrovnik, Croatia prior to the Adriatic Club of Clinical Nutrition meeting and demonstrated again the impact of networking, and sharing best practice on tackling malnutrition at a national level.

The Optimal Nutrition Care for All initiative is increasingly used by participating countries as an overarching principal on which to build their work. The campaign acts as an umbrella, bringing existing activities together and enabling planned activities; as countries report that being a part of a multi-country effort to address malnutrition has provided leverage on a national level.

This report presents a summary of the one day ONCA meeting. It includes updates on progress from all eight countries involved in the ONCA campaign as well as discussion on health economics, communications and the work being conducted by ENHA on a resource based toolkit to support the development of a case for change on a national level.

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