The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) provides essential medical care to people in the wake of natural disasters. The Task Force consists of a worldwide network of experts in the management of patients with acute renal failure. It was created after the severe earthquake in Armenia in 1988 to provide future renal aid in action wherever needed around the globe. The Task Force works in close collaboration with Médecins sans Frontières.
Chairman/coordinator: Raymond Vanholder (Belgium)Secretary: Chantal Bergen
Contact:Nephrology Section 0K12A,University Hospital GhentDe Pintelaan 185,BE- 9000 Gent, BelgiumTel +32 9 332 4522, Fax +32 9 332 4599General e-mail:
Aguilar Kitsu AleBergen ChantalCusumano Ana Maria MD Escudero Elizabeth MD Hooi lai Seong MD PhD Hurtado Abdias MD PhD Jha Vivekanand MD PhD Jose Matthew MD PhD Lameire Norbert MD PhD Li Philip MD PhD Lombardi Raul MD
The RDRTF regularly recruits volunteers. These include nephrologists, intensivists, renal nurses and dialysis technicians. For further information, contact the Coordination Centre:
Download the Task Description for Volunteers
The following slide show presents the objectives of the task force and gives an overview of all RDRTF activities since 1999.
The Task Force has offered crucial assistance in the aftermath of the below disasters:
2011 - October: earthquake in Eastern TurkeyThrough local contact with Dr. Sever and his colleague Dr Koc help and support was provided to victims rapidly after disaster struck. A dialysis center for crush victims was set up in the nearby city of Mus. Dr. Koc started giving instructions on appropriate fluid administration, and the absolute necessity to avoid potassium containing solutions.
2011 - March: earthquake and tsunami JapanThe Task Force lent its support to some chronic patients who were moved to hospitals in Tokyo. The team was always on call to help local doctors however the already had a huge nephrology structure.2011- February: earthquake New ZealandIn Christchurch, the RDRTF helped move patients to the other side of the island as the hospitals didn’t have the possibility to look after chronic patients. There were no cases of acute kidney injury communicated to the team.2010 - February: earthquake Chile An intervention team was put on standby to treat potential kidney disease patients. The RDRTF did not take action onsite as the Chilean nephrological community kept everything under control. Sociedad Latino-Americana de Nephrologia e Hipertension (SLANH ) and its Chair Dr. R. Correa-Rotter as well as Dr. W. Douthat from Argentina and Dr. Rodrigo from Brazil are ready to offer help to Chilean dialysis patients.2010 - January: earthquake Port-au-Prince, HaitiSeen as one of its most intense interventions, the RDRTF spent two months responding to victims of the earthquake that struck the island in January 2010. This intervention revealed the tremendous collaboration between Médecins Sans Frontières and nephrology societies across Martinique, Guadaloupe, Europe and the United States.
2009 - September: Sumatra-Padang earthquakeA severe earthquake struck Western Sumatra, Indonesia, on September 30, 2009, shortly after an eartquake and tsunami in the Samoa Islands. Experts from the ISN-RDRTF went to Sumatra on October 1st, 2009 to evaluate support and needs as part of a broader team of Médecins sans Frontières.
2009 - April: l'Aquila, Italy earthquakeThe RDRTF was in continuous contact with several Italian physicians and sent recommendations on the practical approach of crush to the local physicians.
2008 - May: Sichuan- Chengdu, China earthquakeRDRTF assesors we sent to Chengu where materials were purchased by Médecins Sans Frontières and were distributed. Other materials were made available by the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology.
2007 - August: Earthquake in PeruIn an immediate response to the dreadful Peru quake the RDRTF sent a volunteer, S. Claus, to join the MSF assessment team for a one week intervention.
2006 - July: Israelo-Lebanese WarThe RDRTF teamed up once more with Médecins Sans Frontières colleagues to bring aid, supplies and relief to Lebanon within just three days of the initial alert.
2006 - May: Earthquake in IndonesiaFollowing the devastating earthquake that hit Indonesia on May 26, 2006, Task Force members underwent a 10 day intervention which consisted of the extensive screening of more than 1,000 hospitalized victims, as well as providing education on the identification and treatment of crush syndrome and acute renal failure.
2005 - October: Earthquake in PakistanIn collaboration with colleagues from Médecins Sans Frontières, Task Force members were on the ground in Islamabad within days of the quake. The mission marked over two weeks of ISN intervention and relief work.
2003 - December: Earthquake in IranAfter the earthquake in Bam, 140 patients needed dialysis and were evacuated, first to the nearby city of Kerman and if necessary further away by air-bridge.
2003 - May: earthquake in Algeria
1999 - August: Marmara EarthquakeAfter this major earthquake, close to 500 patients needed dialysis. Six doctors and more than 30 nurses were active over an entire month to help their Turkish colleagues. Furthermore, material help was offered by providing 5 hemodialysis machines and several thousands of dialysers.
The following education material is available for download:Logistic Coordination in Renal Disasters
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