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In emerging countries, kidney disease accounts for over a million deaths a year. A lack of formal medical training, inadequate screening tools, limited funding and public awareness means that these populations are losing out on proper care. By focusing on prevention, education, collaboration, and awareness, there is hope for better treatments. Bringing together the expertise of its members, ISN is leading the way for better prevention and effective treatments to reduce the impact of renal and associated diseases in the world.

ISN has assembled a committed group of volunteers dedicated to building health equality worldwide. By making the knowledge and experience of the developed world accessible to kidney doctors and other specialists in emerging countries, it is improving kidney care and prevention strategies around the globe.

For more information about applications to these programs, please click the relevant programs below.

Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program helps educate physicians coming from emerging economies, giving them hands-on training opportunities unavailable in their home nations. Fellows are sponsored for a period of 3 to 12 months to train in a developed renal center, after which they return to their home country to implement their knowledge and improve standards of care there.

Sister Renal Centers Program

The Sister Renal Centers Program (SRC) links renal centers in emerging countries with supporting centers of excellence in the developed world. With this educational support and guidance, self-sufficient renal centers are created in emerging countries.

Continuing Medical Education Program

The Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) brings essential teaching and training to some 14,000 doctors in over 40 settings every year. CME meetings take place in the developing world, where expert speakers from the developing and the developed world share their knowledge and experience in clinical care and research.

Educational Ambassadors Program

The Educational Ambassadors Program sends experts to developing renal centers for one to four weeks to provide hands-on training or help develop new services, community-based research or screening programs.

Research and Prevention Program

The Research and Prevention Program aims in part to educate people in developing countries about the importance of having healthy kidneys. Many of the projects funded through the program set up screening and education to raise awareness and improve the understanding of kidney disease. 

For more information, please contact the Global Operations Center.


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Cranford, NJ 07016-2496, United States
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