Chronic Kidney Disease


An independent risk factor for infection, hospitalizations, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, chronic kidney disease (CKD) has pervasive and permanent implications on patients’ identities, employment, relationships, and lifestyles.

10% of the world’s population is affected by CKD, and millions die each year because they do not have access to affordable treatment.

Relatively little is known about the optimal way to coordinate, finance, and regulate the care for people with CKD from diagnosis, care, and access to kidney replacement therapy (KRT, dialysis, and transplantation). This is especially the case in low and middle-income countries where inequalities exist.

Through different projects, the ISN has set out to define the global needs, current state, and ’blueprint’ for moving forward with equitable CKD care.