Joint Projects

The Saving Young Lives Program (SYL) aims to develop sustainable peritoneal dialysis (PD) programs to treat patients with Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in low resource settings.

From its inception in 2012, the plan has been to provide basic support in terms of supplies procurement, education and training of physicians and nurses and funding for supplies to start PD programs for patients with AKI needing renal replacement therapy with the programs becoming fiscally sustainable after 2 to 3 years.

The first phase of the project was financed by a grant from the Kaplan foundation from 2012 to 2016, in cooperation with the Sustainable Kidney care Foundation.

The project is now in its second phase  and is self-financed through an agreement of the four international societies:

→ Learn more about the SYL

→ SYL Couse in Cape Town Report, February 2020 

→ SYL Leaflet 2020

SYL Patient Outcomes




Saving Young Lives with acute kidney injury: the challenge of acute dialysis in low-resource settings

William E. Smoyer, Fredric O. Finkelstein, Mignon I. McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally.  Kidney International (February 2016) 89, 254-256.

Saving Young Lives: Provision of acute dialysis in low-resource settings

William E Smoyer, Fredric O Finkelstein, Mignon McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally.  The Lancet.  2016.

Peritoneal Dialysis, Acute Kidney Injury, and the Saving Young Lives Program 

Fredric O. Finkelstein, William E. Smoyer, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, and John Feehally.  Perit Dial Int July-August 2014 34:478-480. 

Upcoming Workshops

July 2020
SYL PD Workshop
Yangon and Mandalay Children’s Hospitals, MYANMAR

September 2020
SYL PD Workshop

October 2020
SYL PD Workshop
ALANEPE Meeting, Mexico City, MEXICO

Workshops in 2019

Aug 3-4: New Delhi, India Paediatric Critical care and Nephrology Course with a component of SYL attached

Aug 7-9Thimpu, Bhutan – IPNA teaching course with SYL component

Sept 25 – 28Mombasa, Kenya – AFPNA/AFRAN Congress with SYL component

Nov 15-16Bangalore, India – SYL Renal Basic Life Support Training

O by 25/Kidney Care Network


Through IPNA’s support, the KCN project is well on its way to advancing its aim to develop a strong responsive Kidney Care Network, starting with 4 units that have become training centers for integrated kidney care in their countries. Local advocacy efforts are being made in parallel to ensure the KCN’s efforts are sustained in the long term. In 2019, two KCN sites (Nepal and Bolivia) made a special point to expand their training and capacity building efforts to pediatric sites in the region, and data collection has begun on pediatric cases in 2019 to demonstrate the impact these efforts have.

The ongoing success of the Kidney Care Network is in many thanks to IPNA’s generous contributions to the project and the 0by25 Initiative. Your support of this project brings us one step – or leap! – closer to our aspirational goal of 0 preventable deaths in AKI by 2025.

Kelly Hendricks

ISN Project Manager

→ Learn more about 0 by 25 Iniative

→ Kidney Care Network

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