Africa Committee

This page contains the following sections:
General Information
Mission Statement
Articles on the Region
CME and Site Visit Reports
Committee Membership 

General Information

Represented Countries:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


In the ISN-COMGAN News, Data and Reports section you can find a detailed overview of  all recent COMGAN activities per region which includes funded CMEs, site visits, Fellows, Renal Sister Centers and other program activities. A statistical regional breakdown of the ISN outreach activities and Fellows is also provided

Mission Statement

  • To implement the vision of ISN in advancing the development of nephrology in Africa.
  • Providing nephrology education and training by identifying candidates for the ISN Fellowship training in nephrology providing CME programs.
  • Assisting in training of the trainers.
  • Promote the development of screening and prevention programs for CKD.
  • Assist in provision of nephrology care by.
  • Meeting with governments and advising on prevention programs, provision of dialysis and transplantation and training of physicians and nurses in providing nephrology services.

The following major obstacles to the advancement of nephrology in the region have been identified by the Regional Subcommittee:

  • Lack of financial resources.
  • Lack of human resources - which is partly related to lack of financial resources and lack of opportunities; lack of appropriately trained, committed individuals.
  • Prioritization of education and health is lacking and need to be in the forefront of governmental priorities; chronic disease especially CKD is currently not a priority in many region.


Articles that have been published on the region, the committee and its activities include:

Feb 2006 Prevention Update: ISN in Africa (pdf, 141.4 KB)

CME and Site Visit Reports

The below reports on CMEs & Site Visits have been submitted to ISN; in order to view the reports please click on the links.


Lagos, Nigeria, February 18-20th, Nigerian Association of nephrology annual scientific conference with pictures (pdf, 106.8 KB)


Report on Joint AFRAN-NAN Congress, Abuja, 16-19 February 2009 (pdf, 765.9 KB)

Report_Annual Visit to Benin_Dr Fogazzi_March 2009 (pdf, 212.6 KB)


  • Tanzania – Access to Dialysis Project
  • Mali – Living Related Renal Transplantation Project in collaboration with the World Health Organization
  • Screening and Prevention Program in Morocco
  • Nephrology Education for Under- and Postgraduates in Internal Medicine in Zambia and Malawi
  • Project of ESRD in West Africa
  • Elaboration of Best Practice Guidelines of Management of Renal Diseases in Morocco

Committee Membership (January 2008 - January 2011):

Chair: Omar Abboud (Sudan) [email protected]
Co-Chair: Mohammed Benghanem Gharbi (Morocco) [email protected]

Lawrence Agodoa (USA)
Fatiu Arogundade (Nigeria)
Taieb Ben Abdallah (Tunisia)
Marc De Broe (Belgium)
Boucar Diouf (Senegal)
Linda Ezekiel (Tanzania)
Giovanni Fogazzi (Italy)
Onyekachi Ifudu (USA)
Zipporah Krishnasami (USA)
Nomandia Madala (South Africa)
Peter Mathieson (United Kingdom)
Bruno Moulin (France)
Saraladevi Naicker (South Africa)
Charlotte Osafo (Ghana)
Ahmed Twahir (Kenya)
David Windus (USA)

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