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IPNA Online – International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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The International Pediatric
Nephrology Association

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Who We are

We are a global, nonprofit charitable organization that believes that all children deserve to be healthy and receive optimal treatment and care for kidney disease regardless of their economic level or political choice.

IPNA facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise without barriers, does not discriminate and is committed to international understanding. Through our programs, IPNA works to disseminate knowledge about kidney disease in children in the areas where care is needed most, and IPNA is the ONLY organization in the world today providing these services for children with kidney disease.

We teach and train through fellowships, teaching courses, junior classes and more. When one IPNA doctor trains 100 doctors in a developing country, thousands of children receive care, and lives are saved. While the impact of our programs leads to positive outcomes, the value of having access to just one IPNA- trained doctor is absolutely immeasurable to a family who is desperately trying to save their child’s life.

You can make an impact on global kidney health in children by supporting IPNA’s programs. Your donation will further strengthen our community medical systems around diagnosis and treatment to address the disparity in healthcare in developing nations. Please join us in caring for Little Kidneys.

IPNA is committed to nonprofit transparency and has proudly reached the Silver Transparency Level on GuideStar, a charity watchdog service. The GuideStar database includes roughly 1.8 million IRS-recognized tax-exempt organizations in the US, and less than 1 percent of these organizations have reached this Silver Transparency Level. At IPNA, we know that there are millions of ways that you can spend your charitable dollars to help good causes around the globe.

Find out more about what we do in our annual reports:

Why kidney disease?

Today, kidney issues dramatically impact global health, especially the health of children. In developing countries, millions of people – most of them children – die each year from diseases that are preventable and treatable. For many of these children, kidney problems represent a serious threat to their survival.

Read some alarming facts about kidney disease and how you can help save young lives:


What needs to be done?

Skills and knowledge of basic nephrology are essential to improving the global healthcare of children. Currently, many kidney issues go undiagnosed and untreated. Early screening for renal problems and better provision of treatment can save children’s lives around the world. And with frequent use of urine dipstick tests, blood pressure monitoring, and renal ultrasound we can improve the quality of life in this fragile population.

With Fluid Replacement Therapy, we can decrease the number of children who develop serious fluid and electrolyte problems and acute kidney injury. With early diagnosis and proper medication, we can decrease the mortality associated with renal disease in HIV patients. And with better educational programs and long-term follow-up, we can dramatically impact the lives of children born at low birth weight who would otherwise suffer from chronic kidney disease, and hypertension.


How do we help?

By strengthening community medical systems around kidney disease diagnosis and treatment, we can help address the current gap in healthcare in developing nations. Increased training in basic nephrology and better knowledge sharing of the most up-to-date research are key to building long-term solutions in the health and human services sectors.


Currently, IPNA accomplishes these goals
through the following initiatives:

IPNA offers regional fellowships for pediatricians in developing countries to obtain training in nephrology. Fellowships last for 3–6 months, during which time Fellows work in more advanced medical centers under a pediatric nephrologist mentor.

IPNA promotes affiliated teaching courses around the world, typically lasting for 3–5 days. Local pediatricians learn to diagnose and treat basic kidney issues.

IPNA hosts an International Congress every 3 years for members to discuss basic science, clinical science, and clinical practice. In addition, IPNA facilitates frequent workshops and regional symposia for pediatric nephrologists across the globe.

IPNA has been responsible for publishing the renowned monthly journal Pediatric Nephrology since 1987, which contains basic science, new developments, and articles on clinical science and clinical practice.

IPNA forms partnerships between pediatric Nephrology units in high and low income countries, and works towards developing long-lasting financial and logistical solutions towards delivering kidney care to children in underdeveloped nations.

Where do we work?

IPNA has reached thousands of doctors worldwide through publications, fellowships, teaching courses, and meetings.

  • We have circulated Pediatric Nephrology to hundreds of physicians worldwide, and donated more than 50 subscriptions to doctors in developing nations such as Vietnam, India, and countries in Eastern Europe.
  • We have funded 260 fellowships in 27 countries. Trainees have come from 56 countries.
  • We have supported teaching courses in India, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.


The root of pediatric nephrology can be traced back to the discovery of the immature kidney in newborns, in the early 1940s. Pediatric nephrology began taking shape as a unique area of practice after the term was first published in medical literature in 1963. IPNA was officially founded in 1974 and since then has worked tirelessly to create a unified and collaborative group of pediatric nephrologists around the world. Through education and the dissemination of information, IPNA and its members have helped advance the field of pediatric nephrology from a physiological discovery to the distinct specialty it is today.

The history of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association is a tribute to the men and women who have worked to improve the lives of children with kidney and urologic diseases. IPNA is proud to have been a part of the cultivation and legacy of pediatric nephrology.

“A History of IPNA: From Origins to 2010”
“A History of IPNA: From Origins to 2010” was compiled by John Lewy, Aaron Friedman, Jochen Ehrich, Robert Chevalier, and Sally Jones.


At a glance


growing interest a new field of Pediatric Nephrology, focusing on understanding and treating kidney disease in children


Gustavo Gordillo organizes the first IPNA Congress held in Guadalajara, Mexico


the American Society of Nephrology was established


IPNA’s inauguration, establishes constitution


Renee Habib becomes Director of Research to her new lab, Unité de Recherche sur les Malades Rénales de l’Enfant in Paris


Fifth IPNA congress sponsors new attendees from behind the Iron Curtain and commits to extend their geographical reach to Asia. The congresses become financially self-sustainable.


Pediatric Nephrology debuts at Tokyo Congress.


IPNA sends delegates to Africa


More than 1000 delegates from 20 countries attend the 11th Congress


The African Paediatric Nephrology Association (AFPNA) is established


Fellowship program is established to sponsor training from underserved countries


Isidro Salusky becomes Secretary General


Pediatric Nephrology is distributed to 90 countries


A History of IPNA, From Origins to 2010 is written

More about IPNA How IPNA achieves our mission

To achieve the goals and mission of IPNA, our governance and strategic plan are robust and ambitious. It takes many people to do this work within the IPNA committee structure, and we work collaboratively with many organizations.

Strategic plan

IPNA has an ambitious strategic plan for improving the kidney health of children internationally.

Strategic plan

IPNA has a strong governance model that ensures that the leadership are accountable, and IPNA mission is achieved.


Committees are composed of active IPNA council members. They report on their missions and activities on regular basis at least twice a year, and meet face to face at the time of IPNA congresses and workshops.

Regional Societies

IPNA draws on the expertise of region Pediatric Nephrology Societies to achieve its mission.

Regional Societies
Awards & Prizes

IPNA celebrates the work of individuals who have made significant contributions to the care of children with kidney disease, at all career levels.

Awards & Prizes

IPNA endorses projects, events and resources developed by individuals or organizations, when those resources are aligned with IPNA’s mission and help IPNA achieve its goals.


Join us in achieving our goals for Great Care for Little Kidneys. Everywhere.