Date: 13 September 2012

This month, ISN (the International Society of Nephrology), IPNA (the International Pediatric Nephrology Association), ISPD (the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis) and SKCF (the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation) kicked off a sustainable program for prevention and treatment of acute kidney injury in Africa and Asia. This collaborative program will develop specialized hospital centers with dialysis facilities in both regions.  Five years of funding has been given by a charitable foundation (2012-2016) and is expected to lead to further developments of similar centers in these regions.

Specialized hospitals with dialysis facilities are crucial in the developing world to save the lives of children and young adults, who continue to die in large numbers in the developing world as a direct result of acute kidney injury (AKI).  AKI can be prevented in many cases - often by simple treatments (e.g. fluid and electrolyte administration) or prompt treatment of infection. But, some people whose kidneys fail will still require specialist care in hospitals, which may include dialysis treatment. The ideal type of dialysis in this setting is peritoneal dialysis [PD] because of its technical simplicity.

The partnership will develop a program suited to low-resource health settings, including the development of specialized hospital centers for care of AKI including facilities for acute PD. The program will also focus   on training and education in the community to improve awareness and equip local health practitioners for prevention as well as identification of cases needing hospital care..

The project will build on the success over recent years at the pilot site, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), in Moshi, Tanzania. Other centers in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia will be selected soon.

For further information, please contact
Ariane Brusselmans
International Society of Nephrology (ISN)
Tel: +33 7 61367427
About the partnership:   ISN- International Society for Nephrology

The ISN is a medical society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. The ISN has 10,000 professional members from more than 126 countries. In addition, it closely collaborates with over 70 national and regional nephrology societies worldwide, representing about 20,000 professionals. The society provides an efficient platform for timely scientific exchange, debate and dissemination between healthcare professionals around the world. It is also dedicated to addressing the disparity between the developing and developed worlds in the research, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney disease.

IPNA – International Pediatric Nephrology Association

The International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) is a medical society  comprised of roughly 1500 pediatric nephrologists and allied professionals representing 89 countries around the world. IPNA works to disseminate knowledge about kidney disease in children in the areas where care is needed most.

ISPD – International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

The ISPD is a medical society that aims to advance knowledge of peritoneal dialysis and to promote advancement of such knowledge through international scientific meetings and scientific publications. The Society is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.

SKCF – Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation:

The Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation (SKCF) provides affordable and sustainable treatment options for kidney failure where none exists. The Foundation emphasizes the diagnosis and management of reversible acute kidney failure in women and children. The Foundation supports training in care and research for those involved in the delivery of care in parts of the world where little or no local treatment is available.