SYL is a partnership between four international nephrology organisations whose major roles are to provide education and training ISN, IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association), ISPD (International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis), Euro PD – and a fifth, SKCF (Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to make dialysis supplies available in very low resource settings. Together, we are developing sustainable programs for treating acute kidney injury (AKI) in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.
A Partnership to deliver Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) care in low-income countries
We work in low-resource health settings, to help establish and maintain hospital centers for care of AKI including facilities for acute PD. The project focusses on hospital development and training and education activities in the community to improve awareness and equip local health practitioners for prevention, as well as identification of cases needing hospital care. Watch the video and learn about our project:
Saving Young Lives Interview Series
We are proud to share with you some interviews from the Saving Young Lives (SYL) partners, filmed at a recent workshop in Africa.
FRED FINKELSTEIN talks about the Saving Young Lives Partnership
SIMON DAVIES talks about the challenges of setting up PD Programs in low resource settings
The Saving Young Lives project organises regular practical PD training sessions, read what participants had to say:
Adebowale Ademola, From the University College in Nigeria commented:
This was easily one of the most comprehensive courses I have attended in terms of relevance,
content, organization, hospitality and warmth.” (…) My center carries out peritoneal dialysis using adapted catheters,
I believe that I have been inspired to continue
to provide peritoneal dialysis and to work, in collaboration with others to improve our peritoneal dialysis services
Anthony Batte, Pediatrician / Nephrologist From Uganda:
“This training was very important, it provided me with skills and also inspiration
to find ways of setting up a functional peritoneal dialysis program in Uganda.”
Abel Tsighe, Intern in Ethiopia
“I think the course is truly remarkable in enabling doctors all over Africa to better treat our renal patients to the maximum we can.
It gave us new perspectives and a whole new horizon of looking at nephrology as a field.
All I know is my practice now has changed for the better forever.
Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to attend the course and please keep up the good work of training African doctors.
With this project I believe saving young lives is truly saving young lives in Africa.”
Emily Chesire, Pediatric specialist in Kenya
I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Surgical skill's training particularly in insertion of acute Peritoneal dialysis catheters.
This will go a long way to save lives.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of that very educative program.
I can assure you that all the practical skills I acquired will surely be practiced and will be taught to my colleagues as well. (…)
Thank you for the wonderful hospitality. It made my stay in that beautiful country memorable.
SAVING YOUNG LIVES
At present, SYL has supported the development of acute PD programs in various centers , mainly in Africa, where dialysis was previously unavailable. We are currently working to establish treatment in other sites and other continents.
- Black Lion Hospital, AA, Ethiopia
- Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza, Tanzania
- Calmette Hospital Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
- Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria
- HEAL Africa Hospital, Luc Malemo, Goma, DRC
- Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania
- Kisenyi Health Centre- Kampala, Uganda
- Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital KATH, Kumasi, Ghana
- Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana
- Lagos University Teaching Hospital Lagos, Nigeria
- Mbingo Baptist Hospital,Bamenda, Cameroon
- Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre, Malawi
- University Hospital Center of Yopougon, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- University Hospital CNHU-HKM Cotonou, Cotonou, Benin
“Saving Young Lives” with acute kidney injury: the challenge of acute dialysis in low-resource settings
Authors: William E. Smoyer, Fredric O. Finkelstein, Mignon I. McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally
Reference: Kidney International (February 2016) 89, 254-256
Saving Young Lives: provision of acute dialysis in low-resource settings
Authors: William E Smoyer, Fredric O Finkelstein, Mignon McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally
Reference: Horton, R. Offline: Breaking the silence in nephrology. Lancet. 2015; 385: 1058
Peritoneal Dialysis, Acute Kidney Injury, and the Saving Young Lives Program
Authors: Fredric O. Finkelstein, William E. Smoyer, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, and John Feehally
Reference: Perit Dial Int July-August 2014 34:478-480;
Saving Young Lives is a unique project – with five equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise:
- IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association)
- ISN (International Society of Nephrology)
- ISPD (international Society for Peritoneal Dialysis)
- SKCF (Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation)
- EuroPD (European Peritoneal Dialysis)
IPNA, ISN, Euro PD and ISPD lead the education and training of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals needed to support the programs. These four professional societies have no role in meeting the direct costs of patients care.
SKCF on the other hand uses its resources and expertise to enable PD programs to start by making available PD catheters, PD fluid and other necessary consumables, but only in the context of a contractual agreement that the host hospital will in due course take on the long term costs of the program.
OUR STEERING COMMITTEE
For more information please contact us at ISN Headquarters, contact Ariane Brusselmans
We need your help!
There are currently 11 centers in sub-Saharan Africa working with SYL. We have been able to support them through a grant received and in-kind contributions from our various societies, but many other centres are waiting to get started. We need your help to lend support to more sites in these regions, expand our initiative and apply the same model to other continents.