Great Care for LIttle Kidneys. In Africa.

Great Care for Little Kidneys. In Myanmar.

Fellowships Impact

Click here to find IPNA fellowship criteria, important documents and the online application.

IPNA Fellowships target medical professionals who treat children with kidney disease in developing countries and the hard to reach areas of the world. The Program provides fellows with extensive, hands-on training at IPNA training centers that are located around the world, including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. Click here to see the full list of IPNA training centers. Through the multiplier effect—similar to a train the trainer model—one IPNA Fellowship can impact thousands of children and their families.

  • Since 2003, more than 300 fellows have received training at one of IPNA’s two dozen training centers that are located around the globe.
  • An IPNA Fellowship is usually 12 months, and in some cases, the training is extended to best serve the fellow’s home country and its children.
  • There are two Fellowship application periods each year. The process to apply is comprehensive and is managed by the IPNA Fellowship Committee.

Fellowship Gains

At the conclusion of training, IPNA Fellows report achievements that exceed their initial learning objectives. Here are some examples of how fellows achieve gains.

  • Managing patients, who are receiving both peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis
  • Managing patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Infant dialysis, which is different and more difficult than in older patients
  • Managing intradialytic complications like muscle cramps and disequilibrium syndrome
  • Working within the critical care unit
  • Treating refractory nephropathy, recurrent urinary tract infections and bladder ureter reflux, congenital urinary tract malformations, Lupus nephritis and other causes of acute or chronic renal failure
  • Rare diseases such as primary high oxalate urinary disease, methylmalonic acid hematic disease, congenital nephrotic syndrome and Bartter Syndrome
  • Interpreting the of results of uro-radiologic imaging
  • Developing procedure skills, including handling renal biopsy
  • Utilizing medical teams across specialties for the best possible patient outcomes


At the conclusion of the IPNA Fellowship, doctors return to their home institution to share their newly found knowledge and training with their colleagues. Through sharing and dissemination, more children indirectly get better care for kidney disease. More children’s lives are saved.

IPNA Fellows submit a post-fellowship report to summarize their learning and gains. Please click the links below to read actual Fellowship reports.

Dr. Tarannu, India.

Dr. Yassir Mahgoub Bakhiet Mohamed, Sudan.

Dr. Lei Wah Lwin, Myanmar.

Dr. Michelo Sharon Choopa, Zambia.

Give Hope Today

With early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease. IPNA is making a positive impact educating and training physicians how to diagnose and treat kidney disease. However, we need to expand our Fellowship Program now, so more children can be diagnosed accurately and treated successfully.

Please join IPNA as we take the next steps to build a sustainable program to support education and training for treatment and care for children with kidney disease. Your contribution will allow IPNA to make an even greater impact on the lives of those affected.

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We need to fund additional fellowships to train more doctors who can accurately diagnose kidney disease in kids.

If you are a  pediatric nephrologist or other medical professional, looking for more in-depth and application information about IPNA training and educational opportunities, please click here.

"I came across all the possible emergencies that one may be called upon to attend to, while attending to the pediatric intensive care unit patients, such as severe acid-base disturbances, dyselecrtolytemias, acute renal failure/acute kidney injury, hypertensive crises, and more."
– Dr. Ankur A. Kothari, INDIA

Skills and knowledge on how to best diagnose and treat kidney disease are essential to improving the global healthcare of children. Currently, many kidney issues go undiagnosed and untreated.

Support IPNA educational programs today, so medical professionals can better understand the complexity of kidney disease to treat and save the lives of more babies and children.


By strengthening community medical systems around kidney disease diagnosis and treatment, we can help address the current gap in healthcare in developing nations.

Dr. Kaskel reviews with physicians the treatment protocol for children with kidney disease resulting from AIDS in Vietnam.

Learn more

Looking for information about membership, fellowships, teaching courses or other educational opportunities? Click on the logo above to visit IPNA's website for medical professionals.