Regional Activities

Kidney disease in Uganda

The developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa are under threat by an emerging epidemic of kidney disease. Populations are no longer solely affected by ‘diseases of poverty’ such as HIV/TB/malaria but also ‘diseases of affluence’ such as diabetes and hypertension. Disease is often asymptomatic until end-stage disease develops requiring expensive treatment options such as transplant or...

Positive to positive

South African surgeon Elmi Muller carried out the first "HIV positive to positive" kidney transplants, giving hope to the country's growing number of HIV kidney patients. As more HIV positive patients are living longer thanks to breakthroughs in treatment, many show signs of other diseases including HIV nephropathy. Up until recently, these patients were not eligible...

Caring for kidney patients in Malawi

In July 2014, a new hemodialysis unit opened in Blantyre, Malawi. Blantyre is in southern Malawi, not far from the border with Mozambique. With a population of over 600,000 it is the country’s second biggest city behind the capital Lilongwe, and is a major financial centre. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) is a tertiary...

Integrated pathology of renal diseases head talks at CME in China

This July, a Continuing Medical Education (CME) course took place Zhengzhou and Beijing, China. It was organized in two parts and focused on the topic of integrated pathologic diagnosis of renal diseases and improving techniques.The first part was organized under auspices of the 2014 International Forum of Renal Pathology and the 9th National Renal...

ISN Regional Workshop reinforces ties with Latin America

The ISN Regional Committee for Latin America organized a Regional Workshop during the XVII Congress of the Sociedad Latino Americana de Nefrologia y Hipertension (SLANH) held in Santiago, Chile, from August 20 to 24, 2014. A great means to communicate and share ideas between nephrologists in the region and ISN leaders, the workshop also helped...

Typhoon Haiyan: an update from the Philippine Society of Nephrology

Last November while Filipino nephrologists were attending Kidney Week in Atlanta Georgia, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), struck the Eastern Visayas in the Central Philippines. At the time, ISN and the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) lent their support to local nephrologists, helping renal patients in the country. CLICK HERE. Susan Anonuevo, President of the Philippine Society of...

Online training course strengthens nephrology practice in Latin America

The Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nefrología e Hipertensión and Sociedad de Transplante de América Latina y El Caribe came together last year for an online course about immunopathology and immunointervention, gathering some 600 participants from Latin America, Europe and the United States. The course was supported by ISN. ISN President Giuseppe Remuzzi gave a closing lecture and actively joined...

First nephropathology workshop in India

Anila Abraham, from the Center for Renal and Urological Pathology, along with Prof. Edwin Fernando, Head of Nephrology at Stanley Medical College and Prof. N Gopalakrishnan, Head of Nephrology at Madras Medical College, in Chennai, India organized an ISN endorsed nephropathology workshop on January 25, 2014. It was the first of its kind in...