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Capacity Building for Hospital Staff Pays Off with First Kidney Transplant in Afghanistan

Capacity Building for Hospital Staff Pays Off with First Kidney Transplant in Afghanistan | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Doctors at a hospital in Herat city have carried out the country’s first kidney transplant after a programme for the training of healthcare workers in the diagnosis and treatment of renal disease was successfully implemented.


Up to now patients in Afghanistan with chronic kidney disease needed to travel to other countries in order to be able to undergo a kidney transplant. In addition they were faced with significant financial costs which were a major barrier for many individuals and their families.



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An important development within Afghanistan which hopefully can be sustained.
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Lanie Ross - When Altruism Goes Awry: Live Kidney Donors in End Stage Renal Disease

This lecture titled 'When Altruism Goes Awry: Living Kidney Donors in End Stage Renal Disease' was delivered via Lanie Ross, MD, University of Chicago November 13, 2015 

 

It explores what is known about live kidney donors who have gone on to develop end stage renal failure within the United States. It also outlines the current limitations of registry data and how this may be improved.

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This talk will be of interest to healthcare professionals with a role in the oversight and management of living kidney donation.

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Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in intensive home hemodialysis - Medical Xpress | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Analysis of data from a research study performed in Canada has revealed that Kidney transplant patients live longer than those receiving intensive home hemodialysis.

 

A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre has found that kidney

transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success regardless of what type of donor kidney that they received. 'Kidney transplant is still the best treatment option says Dr Chris Chan (pictured) who is a nephrologist at the Toronto General Hospital.

 

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Iran’s cash-for-kidney programme not without controversy

Iran’s cash-for-kidney programme not without controversy | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Iran’s kidney  transplant programme stands apart from other organ donation systems around the world by openly allowing payments, typically of several thousand dollars to live kidney donors.


Although there is some oversight of the relevant processes including at the level of the hospitals, where this particular programme attracts international concern is whether the financial payment acts as an inducement to live kidney donors.


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Overcoming the barriers to organ transplants in Bolivia

Overcoming the barriers to organ transplants in Bolivia | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

This report comes via the Associated Press in LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP).

and features the case of a woman who finally received a live donor kidney transplant towards the end of 2014 as part of a new government sponsored initiative. This involves promoting organ transplantation as well as working on overcoming pre-existing cultural barriers, some of which are explored in the article.

 

Prior to the transplant Maria Ramos battled bouts of depression for seven years as she underwent thrice-weekly dialysis treatments to keep her alive.  Her ambition of becoming a schoolteacher at times was previously an unattainable dream.

 

 

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News from Bolivia of some of the measures being taken to improve the rates of organ transplantation

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Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today

Kidney Foundation of Canada Unveils Study on the Benefits of Kidney ... - Renal Business Today | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Via The Kidney Foundation of Canada comes this economic analysis on the benefits of Kidney Transplantation versus dialysis to the healthcare system. This includes a wide ranging examination of the health care related costs of both dialysis and kidney transplantation.

 

Of importance are the economic benefits that are accrued at many levels within society for successful kidney transplantation, including to the overall healthcare system. A must read for policy makers and interest groups, including an executive summary contained within pages 1-3.

 

A direct link to the report can also be accessed via

http://www.kidney.ca/page.aspx?pid=500#etude

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