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EAP visit helps start national kidney registry in Ghana

An ISN Educational Ambassador Program (EAP) visit to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital sparks hope for developing a national renal registry in Ghana.

 Professor Razeen Davids from Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital, South Africa, recently led a workshop on fluid, electrolyte and acid-base disorders. Combining lectures and practical problem solving allowed participants to gain the knowledge and develop the confidence to manage these problems effectively.

Local doctor Vincent Bioma, once a fellow of Davids, gained a practical approach to teaching this challenging topic and successfully continue what the ISN Educational Ambassador started. “He delivered a rather difficult subject area in a very simple and practical way. This is especially important in deprived areas where expertise is lacking,” says Bioma.

Prof Davids also delivered a presentation and had discussions with local colleagues regarding the establishment of a renal registry. Dr Boima adds: “The idea that I can start my own data registry soon is very rewarding. Prof Davids has agreed to share the software for the South African Renal Registry with us. This will certainly help us commence data entry very soon.”

The Educational Ambassadors Program helps advance nephrology in the developing world through very concrete hands-on training programs.

Renal centers in emerging countries can apply for an expert to train them in setting up programs in acute and chronic dialysis, renal pathology, CKD management or to initiate and develop community based research and screening programs.

For more information, CLICK HERE. The next deadline for applications is May 1st, 2014.

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