Ongoing Support for Kidney Care Advancement in Bangladesh and South Asia Through the ISN CME Programjbrown
Members of the ISN South Asia Regional Board discuss regional kidney care issues and strategies
In September, the ISN supported the 7th Annual Scientific Conference and International CME of the Bangladesh Renal Association (BRA CON 2023) and the South Asia Regional Board Meeting.
The conference covered core areas of kidney care under the theme, “Regional & International Collaboration for Enhanced Kidney Care.” More than 350 local nephrologists and residents attended the event, alongside twenty-two delegates from overseas who contributed to the scientific program.
The ISN Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) supported three distinguished experts during the event: ISN Dialysis Working Group member Isaac Teitelbaum (USA), ISN Past President Vivek Jha (India), and ISN South Asia Regional Board member Manisha Sahay (India).
Professor Jha discussed the updates in the KDIGO 2021 guideline on glomerular diseases and the role of artificial intelligence in CKD, while Professor Teitelbaum focused on team care for peritoneal dialysis patients and tailoring optimal peritoneal dialysis prescriptions. Professor Sahay presented on monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance and diabetic kidney disease.
An ISN South Asia Regional Board meeting and a special gathering for nephrologists from across Bangladesh offered valuable forums for in-depth discussions on kidney care in the region. These conversations primarily revolved around strategies to elevate the quality of training for younger nephrologists, with special attention given to the many ISN Granting Programs designed for this purpose.
A noteworthy aspect of this meeting was the strong presence of female nephrologists, who advocated enthusiastically for establishing “Women in Nephrology” groups within member countries to support diversity and inclusion.
Delegates and faculty at BRA CON 2023
Delegates from the South Asia region and the USA engaged in productive dialogues with key policymakers, including the chairman of the national cadaver transplant committee and the vice-chancellor of the medical university.
These discussions centered on improving kidney care in Bangladesh and advocating for the inclusion of CKD in the noncommunicable disease control program of the Bangladesh government.