About SKCF
The Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation (SKCF) was organized as a public charity in the U.S. with the mission to provide “treatment for kidney failure where none exists”. The emphasis is on the diagnosis, prevention and management of reversible acute kidney injury (AKI) in children and women of childbearing age, goals consistent with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 2015. MDG 4 is to reduce under age five, child mortality by 66% and MDG 5 is to reduce maternal mortality by 75%. The foundation also supports training in care and research for those involved in the delivery of kidney care in parts of the world where little or no local treatment is available.

SKCF works closely with the International Society of Nephrology, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis, academia and industry to promote kidney awareness, education and treatment and prevention.

First Program in Tanzania

The town of Moshi sits at the foothills of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro where the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) is located. In 2009, a group of doctors, nurses, surgeon and laboratory specialists descended on KCMC to start the acute kidney injury treatment program using a very basic treatment called peritoneal dialysis. Local doctors and nurses were trained in Brazil with support from the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and became trainers for others upon return to KCMC. With the support and enthusiasm of KCMC’s administration, the program has taken off successfully with supplies shipped from Germany, brought to Moshi by truck from the port city of Dar es Salaam. We have saved 30 lives!

Tanzania, Africa
TANZANIA, AFRICA: SKCF has been working at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi Tanzania since July 2009 where we have a successful program treating acute kidney injury.
Uganda, Africa
UGANDA, AFRICA: SKCF is working in the country known as the Pearl of Africa, with the Source of the Nile inside its borders, to start a kidney treatment program with doctors from Mulago Hospital in Kampala.  The first shipment of supplies has arrived in the Naguru Hospital and the program is ready to begin.
Ghana, Africa
GHANA, AFRICA: Named the Gold Coast by the first Europeans settlers who claimed the beaches were “covered with Gold” Ghana is home to the first program in West Africa for SKCF. Bordered by Togo and the Ivory Coast, it is home to approximately 24 million people. SKCF is currently working in two cities in Ghana, Kumasi and Accra.
Cameroon, Africa
CAMEROON, AFRICA: Referred to as “little Africa” all that you can find in Africa can be found in Cameroon and approximately 350 kilometers north of Douala, Cameroon, lying in a lush valley of the grasslands of Cameroon, you will find Mbingo Baptist Hospital. Founded over 50 years ago, Mbingo has become a primary health care center in the region. Mbingo has recently agreed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with SKCF. As part of the widespread Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services with hospital and health care facilities through out Cameroon.  After entering into a Memorandum of Understanding the program began in May 2013, and treated 5 patients successfully in its first month.
Ethiopia, Africa
ETHIOPIA, AFRICA: Ethiopia SKCF has been working with industry for the past two years in gaining governmental approvals for the importation of consumables for the treatment of acute kidney injury and is happy to report that last month the Ethiopian government granted final approvals. SKCF has had on hold waiting for this approval a program to begin in the nations capital, Addis Ababa, at Black Lion Hospital, the largest and one of only two teaching university hospitals in Ethiopia. Please look for updates as this program get underway by the end of 2012.
Benin, Africa
BENIN, AFRICA: Benin, with a population of 9.6 million, bordered by Togo to the west and Nigeria to the east, is known for its rich culture and traditions. It is considered one of the most stable democracies in Africa. Recently, SKCF, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire-HKM de Cotonou (CTA/CNHU-HKM) to bring treatment for acute kidney injury with the use of peritoneal dialysis (PD). The hospital has a good laboratory and plans are underway for training of nurses. The first set of PD supplies should arrive in the coming months. Look for program updates.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA: The Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh has signed a Memorandum of Understanding. This will be the first venture into Southeast Asia for SKCF. As a pilot program, Calmette Hospital has obtained a special waiver to import PD products for their use only. SKCF is working with Fresenius Medical Care in Thailand to supply the essential consumables.