Great Care for LIttle Kidneys. In Africa.

Great Care for Little Kidneys. In Africa.

Kids Need Us


The International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) works to raise awareness that kidney disease in children is real and widespread. Ask the families and doctors who are desperately trying to treat their sick children and their Little Kidneys.

Kidney disease in kids is complicated and sometimes results from other medical conditions or can cause other serious health issues. A child with polycystic kidney disease will never receive the best treatment if a doctor does not know the symptoms. With early diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney problems and disease, but ONLY IF families have access to treatment and trained doctors who fully understand the complexity of kidney disease.

Help IPNA train doctors worldwide to recognize kidney disease and kidney failure symptoms to better treat the sick children in their region.

IPNA training centers 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.

Kidney Disease Facts

  • 10% of the population worldwide is affected by chronic kidney disease, and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment.
  • Currently, more than 2 million people worldwide receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.
  • Of those 2 million people who receive treatment for kidney failure, the majority are treated in only five countries.
    - These five countries represent only 12% of the world population.
    - Only 20% are treated in about 100 developing countries that make up over 50% of the world population.
    - In middle-income countries, treatment with dialysis or kidney transplantation creates a huge financial burden for most of the people who need it.
    - In another 112 countries, many people cannot afford treatment at all, resulting in the death of over 1 million people annually from untreated kidney failure.
  • Diarrhea is the #2 cause of death in children worldwide. For survivors, diarrheal disease can also result in acute kidney injury.
  • Infants with low birth weight are seen in malnourished populations, disproportionately in low-income areas. Low birth weight infants are at a greater risk of being born with small kidneys. These babies are more likely to develop significant elevations in blood pressure as teenagers.
  • There are many non-invasive tests—such as ultrasound and urine dipsticks— that can detect kidney and bladder abnormalities either in utero or shortly after birth, but they can only benefit the children whose families have access to them.
IPNA Little Kidneys Renal Disease in Children can be treated by doctors.

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.

Time Is a Luxury Many Do Not Have

Without pediatric nephrology expertise, many children will die needlessly.

With early diagnosis and treatment, it’s possible to slow or stop the progression of kidney disease.

750 million people –many of them children—are affected by kidney disease.

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.