With your support, we can expand IPNA’s reach to more physicians throughout the world, and in turn, more children. With targeted local education programs in higher impact areas, we can empower doctors to help children in their own communities. With your support, we can grow both our teaching courses and our fellowship program to expand access to healthcare providers with expertise in nephrology. In 2009, we plan to extend our outreach efforts to Pakistan, Nigeria, Russia, and India. And, we plan to support travel to Congresses and other meetings from currently under-represented regions. With your help, we can do this and more. Support IPNA now to ensure that children around the world get the kidney healthcare that they need.
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Today, kidney issues dramatically impact global health, especially the health of children. In developing countries, millions of people – most of them children – die each year from diseases that are preventable and treatable. For many of these children, kidney problems represent a serious threat to their survival.
HIV Associated Nephropathy (HIVAN)
- Approximately 2.5 million children under age 15 have AIDS
- Kidney disease in HIV is associated with increased mortality
- At least 2-10% of HIV patients, and likely many more, are also affected by HIVAN (confirmed by biopsy)
- Diarrhea is the #2 cause of death in children worldwide
- Diarrheal disease can result in severe fluid and electrolyte disturbances and acute kidney injury
Low Birth Weight
- Infants with low birth weight are seen in malnourished populations, disproportionately in low income areas
- Low birth weight infants are at greater risk of small kidneys
- These small babies are more likely to develop significant elevations in blood pressure as teenagers
- Congenital abnormalities of the bladder and kidneys are a major cause of chronic kidney disease in children, and are often not recognized in infancy
- After birth, these children are at risk for obstruction and infection, which worsens their prognosis
- These are many non-invasive tests such as renal ultrasound and urine dipsticks, which can be used to detect kidney and bladder abnormalities in utero and shortly after birth