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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.

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WORKSHOP ON PRACTICAL PD INSERTION SKILLS IN CAPE TOWN
ATTRACTS AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AFRICA!

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December 9th, 2016,

Deliver care for AKI children in the developing countries is the mission of Saving Young Lives Program!
Last week, the 5th edition of the Red Cross Hospital of Cape Town, Africa, hosted 34 delegates for a week of workshop on Renal Skills organized by SYL! Doctors and nurses from all over Africa received a five days training combining conferences and practical training:

Monday 28 November 2016: Dialysis Lectures and Case Studies
Tuesday 29 November 2016: Vascular Access Course
Wednesday 30 November 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis Insertion Workshop
Thursday 1 December 2016: PLS (Paediatric Life Support Resuscitation training)
Friday 2 December 2016: Clinical Stations – Acute PD/Automated /HD/CVVH

Thanks to the Saving Young Lives partnership, 32 delegates were able to participate to this course. Doctors were able to share what they have learned in their respective hospitals. The number of participants, the highest since the creation of the workshop 4 years ago, proved the increased success and the needs for this type of unique program, mixing theory and practice.

Dr Mignon McCulloch and Dr Alp Numanoglu, the Course Directors, worked really hard to organize this event.: “This course only runs due to a real team work as well as the amazing team of Red Cross Renal Docs and Nurses – renal, anaesthetics, radiology, paediatric ICU, dialysis and a wonderful teaching trade component too who bring equipment and skill.”

The first feedback from the participants has been very positive: 

 

 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.


Kalumbu Chimunka
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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.

 

About The Saving Young Lives program:

SYL is a partnership between four international nephrology organizations whose major roles are to provide education and training to physicians, nurse and other healthcare professionals: ISN, IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association), ISPD (International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis), Euro PD – and a fifth, SKCF (Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation), a non-governmental organization.

Saving Young Lives is a unique project with five equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise.

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 SAVING YOUNG LIVES 

Centres

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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.

At present, SYL has supported the development of acute PD programs in eight centers where dialysis was previously unavailable. We are currently working to establish treatment in three other sites. 

 Our Centers: 

Click here to learn more about our centers 

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LATEST PUBLICATIONS:  

 

“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
http://www.kidney-international.org

 

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
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00971-X/fulltext?rss=yes

 

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;
http://www.pdiconnect.com

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Saving Young Lives is a unique project – with five equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise:

Saving Young Lives partners

  • 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.

 

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Contact

For more information please contact us at ISN Headquarters, contact Ariane Brusselmans 

 

 

 

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