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Great care for little kidneys. Everywhere.
Collaboration across borders to improve access to care.
Linking developing pediatric renal units in less well resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRE) to experienced pediatric renal units in well resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRE) on a 1:1 basis.
Assist in improving:
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Recipients of the IPNA Sister Renal Centre Program will be able to competitively apply to the ISN Sister Renal Center Program at Level B, and subsequently if successful Level A after completion of the IPNA program. Find out more here.
Application submissions open in January and close April 1 of every calendar year. More details will be announced when the application process opens.
Program applicants who have not identified a supporting center should refer to the list of interested centers available in the button below before completing the application.
Fiona Mackie, Sister Center Program Committee Chair
Puerto Rico – Guatemala
The pilot project of IPNA Sister Center Program was the partnership between the Supporting Center in Puerto Rico (Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Félix, Director of Center in Puerto Rico) and Emerging Center in Guatemala, directed by Dr. Randall Lou-Meda. Learn more about the project here.
South Africa – Nigeria
The second project of Sister Center Program (2019-2021) has started between National Hospital in Abuja/Nigeria and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) & University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg/South Africa. Latest updates about this cooperation will follow soon.
India – Pakistan
The third approved project is the cooperation between Dr Ijaz and the team at KEMU, Lahore, Pakistan and Dr Bagga’s team at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Dr Ijaz’s heartwarming response to the news was: “I owe you the biggest gratitude for accepting our application for IPNA Sister Renal Program. This will surely help us to develop and enhance teaching, training and research activities at our centre. Our part of the world has huge numbers of patients but limited opportunities.”
Singapore – Bangladesh
Collaboration between Pediatric Nephrology Units in Singapore and Bangladesh was approved in April 2021 as a new IPNA Sister Centers Program. The program runs for 2 years with the possibility to apply for level B of the ISN Sister Center Program.
“We have started our Sister Centre Program on 29 June 2021. We have observed lots of enthusiasm among our junior and senior colleagues. At the end of the teaching session, we all celebrated the opening session and welcomed IPNA for their support,”
wrote Dr. Hague from Bangladesh.
India – Ghana
In 2021 we have been able to award 2 successful applications the Sister Center Program grant instead of one. Congratulations go to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Ghana supported by St Johns Hospital Bengaluru, India.