The AFPNA was first created in 2000 with the first meeting in Cairo, Egypt. The current executive committee consists of a Secretary General and 3 IPNA councilors including 1 French speaking as well as representatives from 12 countries in Africa (both English and French).
In view of the diversity and distances in Africa, since 2013, the AFPNA biennal Congress has been successfully combined with the adult AFRAN congress.
AFPNA’s mission is to promote knowledge and communication among those interested in pediatric kidney disease, to improve care and treatment of diseases of the kidney and urinary tract in children in Africa.
IPNA has been instrumental in assisting the training of young paediatric nephrologists predominantly ‘in Africa for Africa’ and these fellows have almost exclusively all returned to their countries of origin after their training.
The AFPNA is also comprised of 18 French-Speaking African countries. It is a French-Speaking African Paediatric Nephrology Network born in Casablanca, Morocco, in February 2013. Its mission is to develop the Africa IPNA projects, to boost collaboration between the network members and discuss present and upcoming projects. One of the network’s objective is also to develop peritoneal dialysis for all African children who need it.