Regional Activities

SAMA Renal Review & Update Course, 2016

The SAMA Renal Review and Update course took place recently. Every year, this ISN endorsed meeting sets out to enhance renal education and training in Sudan. The course is organized by the Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA) in partnership with the Sudanese Nephrology Society and the Sudan Medical Specialization Board. SAMA is a non-profit professional organization...

Educational site visit to Cambodia

Bernadette Thomas travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for an educational site visit and evaluated the possibility of carrying out an acute kidney injury incidence study. This blog post details the outcome of her trip. Medical Students who are at the end of their medical training assembled for two teaching sessions over two consecutive days. Day...

Nephrology in Sudan aided by ISN collaboration

This blog post is provided by Elwaleed Elhassan from Wayne State University School of Medicine and Secretary General of the Sundanese American Medical Association (SAMA). Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, with a population of about 30 million. There is no national renal registry but end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is estimated to affect 5,400 new...

ISN Programs in Sudan

ISN and the Sudanese American Medical Association recently collaborated on three major educational activities in Sudan, which received ISN endorsement and funding. They were co-organized with help from the Sudanese Nephrology Society. These activities included the Renal Transplantation and Pathology Workshop in 2014 and the International Dialysis Conference in 2015. Each event welcomed ISN faculty from the United Kingdom and the United States. Furthermore, the Renal Review and Update...

CKDu in Sri Lanka

Adeera Levin, Marcello Tonelli and David Harris represented ISN at a three-day workshop sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), which took place in April in Colombo and focused on the epidemic of chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu). This is afflicting a large number of agricultural workers in Sri Lanka, particularly in...

Dedicated in-patient renal ward opens in Blantyre, Malawi

A study undertaken during 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), Blantyre, Malawi demonstrated that 20% of general medical admissions over a three-month period had evidence of kidney disease. Outcome (hospital mortality) in these patients was significantly worse than those with normal renal function. In response to this, and in line with the Ministry of...

RDRTF’s first response to earthquake in Ecuador

The ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force (RDRTF) has released its first report following the earthquake that struck Ecuador on April 17, 2016. Chair of RDRTF Wim Van Biesen stated that the committee had been in contact with local ISN representatives in the region, the national nephrology society of Ecuador, and some local nephrologists (Cristobal...

CENCAM releases statement from Mesoamerican Nephropathy Workshop

The final board statement of the Consortium for the Epidemic of Nephropathy in Central America and Mexico / Consorcio de la Epidemia de la Nefropatía en Centroamérica y México (CENCAM) group in relation to chronic kidney disease (CKD) of unknown origin or mesoamerican nephropathy has been released for communication. ISN recently co-sponsored this event. This...