Great Care for LIttle Kidneys. In Africa.

Great Care for Little Kidneys. In Myanmar.

How We Save Lives

IPNA’s network of 1,600 pediatric nephrologists and medical professionals work across 103 countries, operating under the premise that all children deserve to be healthy and receive optimal treatment and care for kidney disease. With better training programs and long-term follow up, we can dramatically impact the lives of children dealing with kidney disease, but we need your help furthering our programs and global health projects.

IPNA is Making a Difference By:

IPNA fellows have come from around the world but especially from regions where current information is needed most. See the home countries of our IPNA fellows.

  • Providing TEACHING COURSES around the world, where medical professionals from all levels learn to diagnose and treat kidney issues. An estimated 5,000 healthcare providers have expanded their knowledge by attending an IPNA Teaching Course since 2013. More than 100 IPNA Teaching Courses have been offered to date—all with the common goal of improved diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease in children. With your support, we can have an even greater impact on global healthcare.
  • Hosting an INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS and facilitating workshops around the globe. Help support doctors who cannot afford to attend.
  • Monthly publishing PEDIATRIC NEPHROLOGY, the leading journal for the pediatric nephrology specialty that highlights developments in clinical science and practice. Expanding the readership is critical to saving lives.
  • Operating THE SISTER CENTRE PROGRAM, which links developing pediatric kidney units that are located in less well-resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRES) to experienced pediatric kidney units in well-resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRES) on a 1 to 1 basis. The program trains staff involved in caring for children with kidney disease, educates the community about kidney disease awareness and preventative strategies and conducts research. This development assistance is vital, and we must continue and grow The Sister Centre Program. Read how recent efforts have resulted in more than 300 children being screened for kidney disease in Guatemala.
  • Forming PARTNERSHIPS and collaborating with like-minded regional pediatric nephrology groups to combine forces and develop financial and logistical solutions faster. Deepening and funding these collaborations will improve care worldwide.
  • Organizing JUNIOR WORKING GROUPS AND CLASSES, which provide advanced teaching in pediatric nephrology as a joint effort with Regional Societies to engage young pediatric nephrologists and grow the field.
  • Building a PATIENT REGISTRY as a vehicle for physicians and patients to participate in the research process, which leads to the development of new treatments for children with chronic kidney disease. Rapidly getting this Registry to a functional state is imperative.
  • Responding to the needs of DISASTERS via the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force. When the unthinkable happens, we need to be ready to respond.
  • Collaborating and providing training with the SAVING YOUNG LIVES partnerships to make dialysis supplies available in very low resource settings of the world. This current absence of supplies is unacceptable to us. We need to change that now and provide more development aid.
  • Organizing PATIENT / FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMS. When families have nowhere to turn for information—or even hope—it can only feel devastating. IPNA provides families resources and offers participatory programs.

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

Please donate to IPNA today. There are a number of ways that you can support IPNA medical doctors, including through membership sponsorship. Children’s lives depend on it.

We teach and train—and then do it again and again. When one IPNA doctor trains another 100 doctors in a developing country, this effort alone translates to thousands of children receiving care.

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.


  • Early screening for kidney problems and better provision of treatment can save children’s lives around the world.
  • Frequent use of urine dipstick tests, blood pressure monitoring, and renal ultrasound can improve the quality of life for this fragile population.
  • With Fluid Replacement Therapy, the number of children who develop serious fluid and electrolyte problems and acute kidney injury can be decreased.
  • With early diagnosis and proper medication, the mortality associated with kidney disease in HIV patients can be decreased.
  • And with better educational programs and long-term follow-up, the lives of children born at low birth weight who would otherwise suffer from chronic kidney disease and hypertension can be impacted dramatically.

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.

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