The Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Global Kidney Policy Forum

The Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Global Kidney Policy Forum

Join us for the Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Global Kidney Policy Forum at the 2023 World Congress of Nephrology.

The Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Global Kidney Policy Forum (GKPF) reviews the burden of kidney disease in the ISN Oceania and South East Asia (OSEA) region. The Forum shares strategies for prevention and improved disease management at both regional and global levels.

It connects high-level decision-makers and stakeholders – including health ministry officials and WHO representatives – as well as nurses, patients, and representatives from other international health NGOs in the international health community.


Bente Mikkelsen

Director, Non-Communicable Diseases
in the division of UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable diseases,
WHO Headquarters

Agenda: Thursday, March 30

The times below reflect ICT time zone in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • 08:00 – 09:15 Opening Remarks and Setting the Scene
    • Chairs: Agnes Fogo (USA) and Ifeoma Ulasi (Nigeria)
  • 09:20 – 10:40 Access to Kidney Care: Challenges and Opportunities
    • Chairs: Pauline About Jaoudeh (Lebanon) and Muhammad Iqbal Abdul Hafidz (Malaysia)
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Novel Programs and Innovations
    • Chairs: Sunita Bavanandan (Malaysia) and Valerie Luyckx (Switzerland)
  • 12:00 – 12:10 Closing Remarks
    • Chair: Adeera Levin (Canada)

WCN’23 hosts the fifth edition of the GKPF. The first four were held at the World Congresses of Nephrology at Mexico City (2017), Melbourne (2019) and virtually in 2021 and 2022, with the participation of stakeholders from Latin America, South-East Asia, and Oceania and North American ISN regions.

During the first GKPF, stakeholders developed a set of 12 Recommendations to guide future efforts to reduce the burden of kidney disease worldwide. Successive forums are committed to the continued adherence to and advancement of these recommendations.

The exclusive format of the event provides an opportunity to consider the international viewpoint on key kidney health challenges and opportunities affecting the ISN Oceania and South East Asia (OSEA) region.