How We Save Lives
IPNA’s network of 1,600 pediatric nephrologists and medical professionals work across 103 countries, operating under the premise that all children deserve to be healthy and receive optimal treatment and care for kidney disease. With better training programs and long-term follow up, we can dramatically impact the lives of children dealing with kidney disease, but we need your help.
IPNA is making a difference by:
- Funding FELLOWSHIPS for pediatricians from developing countries to obtain training in nephrology. Since 2003, more than 300 fellows have gained extensive, hands-on training in pediatric nephrology at IPNA Training Centers. We need to fund more fellowships to train more doctors.
IPNA fellows have come from around the world but especially from regions where current information is needed most. See the home countries of our IPNA fellows.
- Providing TEACHING COURSES around the world, where medical professionals from all levels learn to diagnose and treat kidney issues. An estimated 5,000 healthcare providers have expanded their knowledge by attending an IPNA Teaching Courses since 2013. Over 100 IPNA Teaching Courses have been offered to date—all with the common goal of improved diagnosis and treatment for more children with kidney disease. With your support, we can have an even greater impact.
- Hosting an INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS and facilitating workshops around the globe. Help support doctors who cannot afford to attend.
- Monthly publishing PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY, the leading journal for the pediatric nephrology specialty that highlights developments in clinical science and practice. Expanding the readership is critical to saving lives.
- Operating THE SISTER CENTRE PROGRAM, which links developing pediatric kidney units that are located in less well-resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRES) to experienced pediatric kidney units in well-resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRES) on a 1 to 1 basis. The program trains staff involved in caring for children with kidney disease, educates the community about kidney disease awareness and preventative strategies and conducts research. We must continue and grow The Sister Centre Program.
- Forming PARTNERSHIPS and collaborating with like-minded regional pediatric nephrology groups to combine forces and develop financial and logistical solutions faster. Deepening and funding these collaborations will improve care worldwide.
- Organizing JUNIOR WORKING GROUPS AND CLASSES, which provide advanced teaching in pediatric nephrology as a joint effort with Regional Societies to engage young pediatric nephrologists and grow the field.
- Building a PATIENT REGISTRY as a vehicle for physicians and patients to participate in the research process, which leads to the development of new treatments for children with chronic kidney disease. Rapidly getting this Registry to a functional state is imperative.
- Responding to the needs of DISASTERS via the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force. When the unthinkable happens, we need to be ready to respond.
- Collaborating and providing training with the SAVING YOUNG LIVES partnerships to make dialysis supplies available in very low resource settings of the world. This current absence of supplies is unacceptable to us. We need to change that now.
- Organizing PATIENT / FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMS. When families have nowhere to turn for information—or even hope—it can only feel devastating. IPNA provides families resources and offers participatory programs.
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