Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:53

ISN community spirit helps boost learning for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s nephrologists

BANTAOLast week, the 13th Balkan Cities Association of Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation and Artificial Organs (BANTAO) congress in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina was a great example of the growing enthusiasm between members of a global nephrology community working together to improve kidney health.

It definitively made for a successful event from the ISN perspective. The ISN Regional Workshop and a Continuing Medical Education course gave audiences access to some valuable expert knowledge - helping them also discover how to get involved in ISN capacity-building and educational programs. 

team leaders at BANTAOISN Programs are developing a growing presence in eastern and central Europe. ISN Regional Board Chair Rumeyza Kazancioğlu and President of the Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation in Bosnia and Herzegovina Halima Resic moderated a session highlighting ISN Sister Renal Center (SRC) partnerships in the region, with the aim to inspire more people to join the program.

The ISN SRC Program links renal centers in emerging countries with centers of excellence in the developing world. With educational support and guidance, the emerging centers become self-sufficient, offering better care for patients.  

Dr. Fahrudin Masnic from University Clinical Center Sarajevo presented the achievements of the Sarajevo-Sheffield partnership, which has now reached the final level of the SRC Program.

Team photo BANTAOSimon Curron from Northern General Hospital Sheffield also commented about the success of the collaboration. M Taletovic-Dugonjic from University Clinical Center Tuzla spoke about the Tuzla-Royal Preston Hospital partnership, which was initiated couple of years ago. Aimun Ahmed from Preston was personally present to share his point of view of the program, which is eligible to move to the next level of the Program.  

Following this workshop, three ISN speakers were invited to share their expertise with participants at an ISN Continuing Medical Education course, organized with support from the Society of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Eknoyan Garabed (USA), John Feehally (UK) and Rumeyza Kazancioğlu (Turkey) brought their own knowledge and ISN perspective to discussions, which mainly revolved around chronic kidney diseases and kidney transplantation in the developing countries of south eastern Europe.

Find out more about the ISN Programs, HERE.

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