World Congress of Nephrology 2015
The Word Congress of Nephrology this year was for the first time hosted on the African continent in Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is considered as one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not without a reason - this is a vibrant, multicultural city, with famous touristic spots and beautiful nature, attracting tourists from all over the world, sadly being in the same time a place with one of the highest socioeconomic disparities in the world. The Congress with the theme Sustainability and Diversity offered an excellent scientific programme mainly focused on the global burden of Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) which is still a life threatening disease especially in low and middle-income countries in particular in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Therefore the ISN initiative called by 25 aims to eliminate all cases of preventable AKI deaths worldwide by 2025. This programme is calling for action to educate and increase awareness of AKI across the global healthcare community what hopefully will minimalize the number of AKI related deaths in the upcoming decade. Please follow the link to find out more:http://www.0by25.org/.
The artistic opening ceremony was followed by the speech of Desmond Tutu, the first black archbishop of Cape Town and Nobel Peace Prize Winner who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. He emphasized that South Africa is the country where the collective journey of human rights began. He acknowledged that, bringing together nephrology experts to the African continent that focus on renal health problems so related to this region, where too many people die due to lack of treatment for curable disease, is a huge step towards improving patients wellbeing.
I am very glad that not only I participated and presented my project during WCN but also learnt that dialysis patients needs differ tremendously across the world.