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Young ISN Members Lead ISN Efforts to Improve Kidney Care in LMICs: Update on the Kidney Care Network Project

Dr. Sanjib Sharma and his team at one of several events involving healthcare workers, politicians, and patients to educate and raise awareness of the KCN in Nepal

In 2013, the ISN launched the 0by25 Initiative to eliminate preventable deaths from AKI worldwide by 2025.

The burden and management of AKI worldwide were initially assessed through an international survey, summarized as a global snapshot in 2016 and published in The Lancet.

This analysis laid the foundation for the AKI feasibility study, which evaluated the use of point-of-care serum creatinine and urine dipstick testing alongside an education and training program to optimize the identification and management of AKI in Bolivia, Nepal, and Malawi.

Young ISN Members Rolando Claure-Del Granado, Sanjib Sharma, Ulla Hemmila, and Henry Mzinganjira were instrumental in leading this study in their respective countries. The findings were published in Plos Medicine in January this year.

The next stage of the 0by25 initiative, the Kidney Care Network, investigates the possibility of implementing the AKI feasibility study protocol within routine patient care in LMICs.

This international project to improve quality of care has been implemented in Nepal, South Africa, Bolivia, and Brazil. Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, over 4000 patients have been enrolled in the project so far.

Further details on the Kidney Care Network project will be presented at WCN’21, including:

KI and beyond: How can we make it a thing of the past? Featuring an update on 0by25 from Dr. Brett Cullis, Friday, April 16.

Poster session featuring Dr. Rhys Evan, ISN Young Nephrologist Committee member, presenting the latest data from the Kidney Care Network Project and an outline of the next steps in achieving ISN’s 0by25 goal.

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