IPNA has recently introduced the Sister Centre program with the aim of linking developing pediatric renal units in less resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRE) to experience pediatric renal units in well-resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRE). The first pair of centers to be launched in this exciting adventure are the Foundation for Children with Kidney Diseases (FUNDANIER) in Guatemala and the Division of Pediatric Nephrology at the University of Puerto Rico.
In the next two years, FUNDANIER and the University of Puerto Rico will work closely in order to strengthen local research and training capacity in Guatemala. The ultimate goal is to develop a training center at FUNDANIER in Pediatric Nephrology and related disciplines for the region of Central America.
Emerging Center: Guatemala – Dr. Randal Lou-Meda – Guatemala Roosevelt Hospital
Supporting Center: Puerto Rico – Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Félix – University Pediatric Hospital