1 in 10 Europeans has Chronic Kidney Disease, or CKD. But most are unaware! As early-stage CKD shows no signs or symptoms, most patients learn about their condition once 50-75% of their kidney function has been destroyed and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is imminent. Dialysis and transplantation are then the only treatment options available.

It is therefore essential to raise awareness on this “silent epidemic”, which represents a major challenge for the aging European population as well as for the already over-stretched EU health systems.

End-stage renal disease represents a significant burden both for the patients – those who are not eligible for transplantation or are waiting for a suitable donor must either spend 4 hours 3 times a week in a dialysis clinic or arrange for treatment at home, and often face serious co-morbidities such as heart disease and hypertension – and for the taxpayers.

However, there is a huge possibility for improvement. With a more integrated and holistic approach to the management of CKD care, and chronic diseases in general, the life expectancy and quality of life of the patients could be improved drastically, while also reducing the burden for our health systems.


Our keynote speaker will be Mr Alan Milburn, Chancellor of Lancaster University and former UK Secretary of State for Health in Tony Blair’s government. The position of the European Commission will be presented by Dr Albrecht Werner of the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety. The ERCPA launch event will be an opportunity to meet and discuss over lunch with a wide range of European stakeholders working on chronic diseases and related issues.

We will also present our first Manifesto for a Patient-Centric Management of CKD, which details ERCPA’s vision for a more integrated care of CKD and other chronic conditions in the EU, while sharing success stories from some Member States.


12.00-12.30 – Welcome drink
12.30-12.40 – Introduction by Dr Andrea Stopper, ERCPA Chairman
12.40-13.00 – Speech by Mr Alan Milburn, former UK Secretary of State for Health
13.00-13.10 – Speech by Dr Albrecht Werner, Policy Officer, Programme Management and Diseases, DG SANTE
13.10-14.00 – Walking lunch / networking


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