Tuesday, 12 May 2015 12:49

Collaboration leads to a bright future for peritoneal dialysis in Uganda

SYL Sudan 1A training course on peritoneal dialysis (PD) at the Noura Children’s center, Soba University Hospital in Khartoum, Sudan is helping doctors in Uganda set up their own PD program.

The initiative was led by Saving Young Lives, a project that develops sustainable programs for treating acute kidney injury (AKI) in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia. This course set out to cover the basic PD principles, PD for AKI and catheter insertion.

Judith Aujo, Peter Ntege, Margaret Idumira and Milly Nakazzi from the Kisenyi Health Center and Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital in Uganda spent two months at the Sudanese center to learn more from the local experts about their experiences of setting a PD program.

SYL Sudan 2Pediatric nephrologist Judith Aujo explains how meeting Prof. Hassan Abu Aisha, one of the pioneers of the Sudan PD program, she received valuable advice on how to make a PD program work. He also encouraged the Ugandan and Sudanese teams to maintain collaboration, and even consider joint research projects.

“As a pediatrician with an interest in pediatric nephrology, this training was an eye opener on how much one needs to study in this field,” she adds.

“I also realised how valuable I am to my Ugandan colleagues in helping them understand some aspects of general nephrology, Acute Kidney Injury diagnosis and management.”

About Saving Young Lives

Saving Young Lives is a unique project with four equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise. The four partners include the ISN, International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA), the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) and the Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation (SKF).

SYL Sudan 3The project  builds on success at the pilot site, the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), in Moshi, Tanzania in which SKCF and ISN were both involved, and which the Saving Young Lives project continues to support. Other centers in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are now being established.

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