IPNA Sister Program

Program Aim

Linking developing pediatric renal units in less well resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRE) to experienced pediatric renal units in well resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRE) on a 1 to 1 basis.

Assist in improving:

  • Clinical training of staff (medical, nursing and allied health staff) involved in caring for children with kidney disease
  • Developing and upgrading services for children and adolescents with kidney diseases
  • Education of the community regarding disease awareness and preventative strategies
  • Clinical research development

NB Educational Grant and not a Service grant – i.e. not to buy medication and equipment.

How it works


  • Priority to Host centres from Emerging Countries to be teamed on application with Mentor centre
  • Centres in similar geographic proximity are encouraged
  • Preference to a centre who has a previously trained IPNA fellow
  • Both applicants (EC) and (SC) must be IPNA members

Requirements for paired application



Name and position of Applicant with CV

Centre – Name and geographic region
Support letter from Hospital CEO

Motivation for application including needs and goals for 2 year commitment Motivation for application – How supoporting centre can support Emerging Centre for 2 year commitment
Financial plan – with breakdown of how money will be spent

Existing hospital facilities including:
– Number of staff
– Number of paediatric beds and any dedicated renal beds
– Hospital facilities including radiology
– Biopsy and histology capacity
– Dialysis availability and type

Describe assistance in terms of:
– Journal subscription or textbooks
– Webinars
– Emails/Whatsapp support

Main Language of communication
Past IPNA fellows


2-years paired program

Financial plan

Up to a maximum of USD 2500 for a 2-years period.

  • 2 x airline flights – 1 to EC and 1 to SC (presumption that EC/SC may be able to provide accommodation for duration of visit)
  • USD 500 for educational meetings: teaching courses (may be able to host a IPNA teaching course) or educational material for staff and parents/patients


  • Reviews with assessments of success and challenges of program at 1 year, 2 years and 1 year post completion of program.
  • Keep developing new programs with a 2-year tenure only.

Sister Center Program: Upgrade to ISN Level

Recipients of the IPNA Sister Renal Centre Program will be able to competitively apply to the ISN Sister Renal Center Program at Level B, and subsequently if successful Level A after completion of the IPNA program. Find out more here.

Application 2021


Application deadline is each year on April 30. Please apply in 2021 for a new application session. 

→ Online application here

If you have difficulties with the online application, you can fill in the application in MS Excel. Please send it with the attachments to office@ipna-online.org

→ Offline application here


The pilot project of IPNA Sister Center Program was the partnership between the Supporting Center in Puerto Rico (Dr. Melvin Bonilla-Félix, Director of Center in Puerto Rico) and Emerging Center in Guatemala, directed by Dr. Randall Lou-Meda.  Learn more about the project here.

The second project of Sister Center Program (2019-2021) has started between National Hospital in Abuja/Nigeria and Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) & University of the Witwatersrand  in Johannesburg/South Africa. Latest updates about this cooperation will follow soon.

The third approved project is the cooperation between Dr Ijaz and the team at KEMU, Lahore, Pakistan and Dr Bagga’s team at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

Dr Ijaz’s heartwarming response to the news was: “I owe you the biggest gratitude for accepting our application for IPNA Sister Renal Program. This will surely help us to develop and enhance teaching, training and research activities at our centre. Our part of the world has huge numbers of patients but limited opportunities.”