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Titolo Fifty Years of Dialysis in Africa: Challenges and Progress
Autore Rashad S. Barsoum, MD, FRCP, FRCPE,1 Soha S. Khalil, BPharmSc,1 and Fatiu A. Arogundade, MD2
Referenza Am J Kidney Dis,2015 - 65(3):502-512
Contenuto

This review addresses the development of dialysis services in Africa in the face of past and contemporary challenges. Maintenance dialysis treatment programs developed in 29 countries over the past 50 years, usually many years after their independence and the end of subsequent territorial and civil wars. Eight countries had the resources to launch national dialysis programs, conventionally defined as those accommodating at least 100 patients per million population. Additionally, based on information obtained from international and local publications, conference proceedings, and personal communications, it appears that limited short-term dialysis therapy currently is available in most African countries. Currently, the prevalence of and outcomes associated with dialysis in Africa are influenced significantly by the following: (1) local health indexes, including the prevalence of undernutrition and chronic infections; (2) per capita gross domestic product; (3) national expenditures on health and growth of these expenditures with incremental demand; (4) availability and adequate training of health care providers; and (5) literacy. In an attempt to reduce the socioeconomic burden of maintenance dialysis treatment, 12 countries have adopted active transplantation programs and 5 are striving to develop screening and prevention programs. Our recommendations based on these observations include optimizing dialysis treatment initiatives and integrating them with other health strategies, as well as training and motivating local health care providers. These steps should be taken in collaboration with regulatory authorities and the public.

Data 22.05.2015
 
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