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Saving Young Lives: a partnership to respond to a global healthcare challenge

13.3 Million. That is the estimated number of indivudals affected by Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) worldwide each year. The burden is particularly high in developing countries, where the annual incidence is estimated to be 11.3 million cases.

People living in low-resource regions of the world continue to die in large numbers a direct result of AKI, which in many cases, is a preventable and treatable condition. To combat this, the global nephrology community united around an ambitious goal: eliminate preventable AKI deaths worldwide by 2025.

 

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Saving Young Lives: a partnership to respond to a global healthcare challenge

13.3 Million. That is the estimated number of indivudals affected by Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) worldwide each year. The burden is particularly high in developing countries, where the annual incidence is estimated to be 11.3 million cases.

People living in low-resource regions of the world continue to die in large numbers a direct result of AKI, which in many cases, is a preventable and treatable condition. To combat this, the global nephrology community united around an ambitious goal: eliminate preventable AKI deaths worldwide by 2025.

 

About SYL

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A Partnership to deliver Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) care in low-income countries

We work in low-resource health settings, to help establish and maintain hospital centers for care of AKI including facilities for acute PD. The project focusses on hospital development and training and education activities in the community to improve awareness and equip local health practitioners for prevention, as well as identification of cases needing hospital care. Watch the video and learn about our project:

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PARTNERSHIP

Saving Young Lives is a unique project – with four equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise:

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  • IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association)
  • ISN (International Society of Nephrology)
  • ISPD (international Society for Peritoneal Dialysis)
  • EuroPD (European Peritoneal Dialysis)

IPNA, ISN, Euro PD and ISPD lead the education and training of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals needed to support the programs.

THE SYL TEAM

Steering Committee

BrettCullis

Brett Cullis (Chair),
ISPD

FredFinkelstein 

Fredric Finkelstein,
ISPD

   SimonDavies

Simon Davies,
EUROPD

MignonMcCulloch      

Mignon McCulloch,
IPNA

BillSmoyer      

William Smoyer,
IPNA

Regional Advisors

KimYap

Kim Yap, 
South East Asia

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Abdou Niang, 
Western Africa

   NicolaWearne

Nicola Wearne,
South Africa

StefanoPicca      

Stefano Picca,
Central America & Africa

ArvindBagga      

Arvind Bagga, 
South Asia

ISN Support 

KellyHendricks

Kelly Hendricks,
Senior Coordinator
ISN Implementation
Projects

SophieDupuis 

Sophie Dupuis, 
Director
ISN Capacity
Building

   MaraRodrigues

Mara Rodrigues, 
Project Assistant
ISN Programs


Contact the SYL Team
 

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Latest Publications

Peritoneal Dialysis to Treat Patients with Acute Kidney Injury—The Saving Young Lives Experience in West Africa: Proceedings of the Saving Young Lives Session at the First International Conference of Dialysis in West Africa, Dakar, Senegal, December 2015"

Authors: Niang Abdou, Sampson Antwi, Laurence Adonis Koffi, Francis Lalya, Victoria May Adabayeri, Norah Nyah, Dennis Palmer, Ariane Brusselmans, Brett Cullis, John Feehally, Mignon McCulloch, William Smoyer, and Fredric O. Finkelstein
Reference: Perit Dial Int (March-April 2017) vol. 37 no. 2 155-158
http://www.pdiconnect.com/content/37/2/155.abstract

“Saving Young Lives” with acute kidney injury: the challenge of acute dialysis in low-resource settings
Authors: William E. Smoyer, Fredric O. Finkelstein, Mignon I. McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally
Reference: Kidney International (February 2016) 89, 254-256
http://www.kidney-international.org

Saving Young Lives: provision of acute dialysis in low-resource settings
Authors: William E Smoyer, Fredric O Finkelstein, Mignon McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally
Reference: Horton, R. Offline: Breaking the silence in nephrology. Lancet. 2015; 385:1058
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)00971-X/fulltext?rss=yes

Peritoneal Dialysis, Acute Kidney Injury, and the Saving Young Lives Program 
Authors: Fredric O. Finkelstein, William E. Smoyer, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, and John Feehally
Reference: Perit Dial Int July-August 201434:478-480;
http://www.pdiconnect.com

 

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We need your help!

There are currently 11 SYL centers in Africa, 4 SYL centers in Asia and 1 SYL center launching in Latin America. These centers are supported through generous grants and in-kind contributions from various societies, but other centres are waiting to get started.

SYL needs your help to lend support to more sites in these regions and continue to expand our initiative on other continents.

DONATE NOW

 

SYL in Action

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Starting in 2012, SYL has been helping local nephrologists to develop sustainable programs providing acute PD for AKI patients in very low resource settings. 

To date, we have trained over 284 doctors and nurses through SYL programs in hospitals across Africa, South Asia, South East Asia and Latin America. 

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Voices from the Field

Read what SYL alumni have to say about their practical PD training experiences: Bhutan1

 Adebowale Ademola, From the University College in Nigeria commented: 
"This was easily one of the most comprehensive courses I have attended in terms of relevance, 
content, organization, hospitality and warmth(…) My center carries out peritoneal dialysis using adapted catheters, 
I believe that I have been inspired to continue 
to provide peritoneal dialysis and to work, in collaboration with others to improve our peritoneal dialysis services"

FellowSYL2Anthony Batte, Pediatrician / Nephrologist From Uganda:
“This training was very important, it provided me with skills and also inspiration
to find ways of setting up a functional peritoneal dialysis program in Uganda.”

Abel Tsighe, Intern in Ethiopia
“I think the course is truly remarkable in enabling doctors all over Africa to better treat our renal patients to the maximum we can.
It gave us new perspectives and a whole new horizon of looking at nephrology as a field.
All I know is my practice now has changed for the better forever.
Thank you for this tremendous opportunity to attend the course and please keep up the good work of training African doctors.
With this project I believe saving young lives is truly saving young lives in Africa.”

Upcoming Courses

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The following courses are scheduled for 2020: 

February 17-21, 2020
SYL Renal Skills Course
Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA

July 2020
SYL PD Workshop
Yangon and Mandalay Children's Hospitals, MYANMAR

September 2020
SYL PD Workshop
Dakar, SENEGAL

October 2020
SYL PD Workshop
ALANEPE Meeting, Mexico City, MEXICO

Contact us if you would like to learn more about these upcoming courses, or would like an SYL training organised in your region!

 

SYL's Impact

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suppliesEnsuring accessibility to PD supplies
Where possible we assist hospitals in accessing commercial PD fluid at an acceptable cost. Where this is not possbile, we supporting the use of locally prepared PD fluids (as recommended by the ISPD guideline: PD for AKI). 

 Providing tailor-made training and education

Contined training of physicians and nurses is essential to maintain a PD program. When working with a new SYL site, its needs are assessed and a training program is developed around sustainable outcomes. This often involves training interested physicians with no practical experience in peritoneal catheter insertion, or bringing experts on site to provide hands-on training to local staff. 

Bringing awareness of AKI among the medical community
We support local teams in increasing awareness of AKI in their local medical community and emphasize better chances of success if AKI is detected early, managed well and if cases needing dialysis are identified and trasnferred to the PD center. advocacy

Advocating for access to care of AKI
As part of the ISN 0by25 Human Rights Initiative, SYL teams work locally, regionally and international to raise awareness of acute PD among policymakers and health professionals as a successful and cost-effective therapy for sever AKI in low resource settings. 

 

SYL Resources

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Guidelines
Coming soon!

Training Manuals
Coming soon!

Data Collection

SYLdataData is critical to prove the impact of the Saving Young Lives project. Since 2012, hospitals that have received SYL training have collected PD data to help improve our understanding of causes and outcomes of AKI in local and regional areas, but more importantly, this data helps us make the case for PD to policymakers, health professionals and societies. 

As of 2020, data of 415 PD cases have been collected across 15 SYL-trained sites worldwide. 

If you have received SYL training and would like to contribute data, please contact us to set you up in our online database. 

Data Collection Video Tutorial: click here to view

 

 

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