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ISN Educational Ambassador’s Fourth Visit to Mongolian Hospital  Strengthens Kidney Care Team and Raises Awareness of Kidney Diseases

Dr. Mohamed Atta appears on national television in Mongolia during his recent visit to the country as ISN Educational Ambassador

The ISN recently supported Dr. Mohamed G. Atta, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA, to spend ten days presenting lectures and hands-on training in the State Second Central Hospital () in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

This was Dr. Atta’s fourth visit to Mongolia as an ISN Educational Ambassador (EA). This visit focused on training healthcare professionals in glomerular diseases, continuous kidney replacement therapy, kidney pathology, and managing complex kidney cases.

Dr. Atta presents kidney biopsy slides to staff from the Nephrology and Endocrinology Department at SSCHM

ISN member Dr. Narnygerel Erdenebileg, from the Nephrology and Endocrinology Department at SSCHM comments, “We’ve made huge advances from interacting with a high-level mentor and getting his recommendations for clinical practice and patient management. He generously shared his expertise and experience to significantly update and improve our knowledge and understanding.”

During his visit, Dr. Atta presented talks at a hybrid seminar to some 130 nephrologists from all over Mongolia, almost half of whom joined online from remote areas. He was also interviewed on Mongolian national TV, using the opportunity to raise awareness of kidney diseases and encourage donations from the business community.

Although the team at SSCHM needs further support, Dr. Atta believes that with his recent visit, the kidney care team is now in a position to conduct a more structured evaluation of cases and update their approach to novel therapies for glomerular disorders. He adds, ”

Following Dr. Atta’s visit, the SSCHM contacted Mongolian government agencies and pharmaceutical companies to propose changes to facilitate early-stage diagnosis and the management of complicated kidney cases. In addition, they have also requested the availability of drugs such as bicarbonate, eplerenone, and amiloride, and testing and diagnostic tools, notably an electron microscope for the diagnosis of different glomerulopathies.

Dr. Erdenebileg concludes, “We are all very grateful for Dr. Atta’s collaboration with us and appreciative of the ISN for sending us this outstanding mentor from so far away. The competence in our daily practice has improved immensely.”

Dr. Atta plans to revisit the center next year alongside a pathologist and pathology technician. The ISN looks forward to future developments at the SSCHM through this constructive, ongoing partnership.

Find out more about the ISN Educational Ambassadors and how to apply here.

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