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IPNA Online – International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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ISN – IPNA Collaboration

The International Society of Nephrology is a partner with IPNA sharing common goals for kidney health



Joint initiatives with the International Society of Nephrology further the mission of improving care for little kidneys everywhere.

The ISN and IPNA work collaboratively on projects to support education, training of healthcare providers, and support program development in low resource centres. These projects include Saving Young Lives (SYL) and 0by25 / Kidney Care Network.

Saving Young Lives

The Saving Young Lives Program (SYL) aims to develop sustainable peritoneal dialysis (PD) programs to treat patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in low resource settings.

From its inception in 2012, the plan has been to provide basic support in terms of supplies procurement, education and training of physicians and nurses and funding for supplies procurement, education and training of physicians and nurses, and funding for supplies to start PD programs for patients with AKI. Program development goals include fiscal sustainability after two to three years.

The first phase of the project was financed by a grant from the Kaplan foundation from 2012 to 2016, in cooperation with the Sustainable Kidney care Foundation. The project is now in its second phase and is self-financed through an agreement of the four international societies: IPNA, ISN, ISPD, and EuroPD.

Saving Young Lives by the Numbers: 2017-present

470 individuals trained by SYL

in 42 different institutions

from 26 + low resource countries

SYL Workshops

Upcoming workshops
Past workshops

Stay tuned for an update on courses planned for 2022

Saving Young Lives Workshop, South Africa, Red Cross Workshop 17 – 21 July, 2023
Saving Young Lives Workshop, Colombia, Bogota June 2022
Online Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) Workshop May 4, 2021
Cape Town, South Africa – SYL Workshop February 17-21, 2020
Bangalore, India – SYL Renal Basic Life Support Training November 15-16, 2019
Mombasa, Kenya – AFPNA/AFRAN Congress with SYL component September 25-28, 2019
Thimpu, Bhutan – IPNA teaching course with SYL component August 7-9, 2019
New Delhi, India Paediatric Critical care and Nephrology Course with a component of SYL attached August 3-4, 2019


“Saving Young Lives” with acute kidney injury: the challenge of acute dialysis in low-resource settings

William E. Smoyer, Fredric O. Finkelstein, Mignon I. McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally

Kidney International (February 2016) 89, 254-256

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Saving Young Lives: Provision of acute dialysis in low-resource settings

William E Smoyer, Fredric O Finkelstein, Mignon McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally

The Lancet, 2016

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Peritoneal Dialysis, Acute Kidney Injury, and the Saving Young Lives Program

Fredric O. Finkelstein, William E. Smoyer, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, and John Feehally

Perit Dial Int July-August 2014 34:478-480

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O by 25/Kidney Care Network

Through IPNA’s support, the KCN project is well on its way to advancing its aim to develop a strong responsive Kidney Care Network, starting with 4 units that have become training centers for integrated kidney care in their countries. Local advocacy efforts are being made in parallel to ensure the KCN’s efforts are sustained in the long term. In 2019, two KCN sites (Nepal and Bolivia) made a special point to expand their training and capacity building efforts to pediatric sites in the region, and data collection has begun on pediatric cases in 2019 to demonstrate the impact these efforts have.

The ongoing success of the Kidney Care Network is in many thanks to IPNA’s generous contributions to the project and the 0by25 Initiative. Your support of this project brings us one step – or leap! – closer to our aspirational goal of 0 preventable deaths in AKI by 2025.

Kelly Hendricks ISN Project Manager