Saving Young Lives Project

About SYL

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is a partnership between three international nephrology organisations whose major roles are to provide education and training – ISN, IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association), ISPD (International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis) – and a fourth, SKCF (Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation), a nonprofit organization whose goal is to make dialysis supplies available in very low resource settings. Together, we are developing sustainable programs for treating acute kidney injury (AKI) in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

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We work in low-resource health settings, to help establish and maintain hospital centers for care of AKI including facilities for acute PD. The project focusses on hospital development and training and education activities in the community to improve awareness and equip local health practitioners for prevention, as well as identification of cases needing hospital care.

At present, SYL has supported the development of acute PD programs in eight centers where dialysis was previously unavailable. We are currently working to establish treatment in three other sites. 

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

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


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

Authors: William E Smoyer, Fredric O Finkelstein, Mignon McCulloch, Mary Carter, Ariane Brusselmans, John Feehally
Reference: Horton, R. Offline: Breaking the silence in nephrology. Lancet. 2015; 385: 1058


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

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


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Saving Young Lives is a unique project – with four equal partners each bringing their complementary missions and expertise.

The four partners are (in alphabetical order):


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  • IPNA (International Pediatric Nephrology Association)
  • ISN (International Society of Nephrology)
  • ISPD (international Society for Peritoneal Dialysis)
  • SKCF (Sustainable Kidney Care Foundation)


IPNA, ISN, and ISPD lead the education and training of physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals needed to support the programs. These three professional societies have no role in meeting the direct costs of patients care.
SKCF on the other hand uses its resources and expertise to enable PD programs to start by making available PD catheters, PD fluid and other necessary consumables, but only in the context of a contractual agreement that the host hospital  will in due course take on the long term costs of the program.



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For more information please contact us at ISN Headquarters, contact Ariane Brusselmans 


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