PACIFHAN celebrates the 1st World Home Artificial Nutrition (HAN) Day – 15th October 2017
“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” ― Aristotle
Did you know there are people living with medical conditions that stop them from eating or absorbing food in the usual way? These people (including children) depend on artificial nutrition going either directly to their blood stream through a catheter (Parenteral Nutrition – PN) or to their intestine through a tube (Enteral Nutrition – EN).
PACIFHAN is the International Alliance of Patient Organisations for Chronic Intestinal Failure and Home Artificial Nutrition. Currently, there are nine patient organisations covering ten countries worldwide.
|Country||Approximate Number of HAN Consumers||National Organisation|
|Australia and New Zealand||270 (HPN)||PNDU|
|Czech Republic||270 (HPN)||Život bez střeva|
|Denmark||450 – 500 (HPN)||HPN Patient|
|France||2 500 (HPN), 8 000 (HEN)||La Vie par un Fil|
|Italy||3 000 (HPN), 16 440 (HEN)||Un filo per la vita|
|Poland||1 000 (HPN), 2 000 (HEN)||Apetyt na zycie|
|Sweden||270 (HPN), 4 000 (HEN)||Svenska HPN-föreningen|
|United Kingdom||2 000 (HPN), 30 000 (HEN)||PINNT|
|United States||25 011 (HPN), 437 882 (HEN)||Oley Foundation|
Together all PACIFHAN member organisations are striving towards six common goals:
To be a trusted international reference on home artificial nutrition (HAN) from the patient’s perspective;
To encourage the exchange of peer reviewed published medical-scientific information related to HAN;
To assist HAN patients who wish to travel/stay abroad to seek guidance through the member association in the destination country affiliated with the international organization;
To organize an annual general meeting that will be attended by a representative of each member association;
To increase awareness of HAN;
To improve the quality of life of HAN patients.