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kidney and handsThe online course "Prevention and management of chronic kidney disease" seeks to strengthen the capacity of the primary healthcare teams working in countries of the Americas to prevent chronic kidney disease (CKD) and detect the disease in early stages, and properly manage people who already have the disease.

The course is available in Spanish and Portugues at the Virtual Classroom of Public Health of Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). It was made under the coordination of the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH).

Chronic Kidney Disease affects almost 10% of the worldwide population. It can be prevented but it does not have a cure; it is usually progressive and clinically silent until it reaches advanced stages in which the treatment options such as dialysis and kidney transplantation are highly invasive and expensive. Many countries do not have enough resources to acquire proper healthcare equipment nor to cover the cost of needed medical treatment.

This initiative is part of the strategies developed by PAHO/WHO and SLANH to reduce the gap between patients and treatments that would contribute to prolong their life and improve their quality of life.

A course for primary care teams

This is a free course intended for health care personal directly involved in the screening and treatment of patients with CKD and, in particular, for primary healthcare teams.

This course consists of 10 modules, including the following topics:
  • Module 0: Epidemiology of CKD
  • Module 1: Definition and risk factors of CKD
  • Module 2: Evaluation, diagnosis, and stratification of the patients with CKD.
  • Module 3: Diagnosis and management of proteinuria
  • Module 4: Hygienic and pharmacological management of hypertensive patients.
  • Module 5: Strategies to encourage self-care
  • Module 6: Management of comorbidities
  • Module 7: Prevention and progression of the CKD in diabetic patients
  • Module 8: Reference to the nephrologist/ renal specialist
  • Module 9: CKD agricultural communities in Central America

Available from July 14th, 2016

The course is available only in Spanish and Portuguese at the Virtual Campus for Public Health, in the section "Self-learning course". People interested in taking the course can created their account and select the course.

On 14 July the course was launched with a webinar that included the participation of experts involved in the elaboration of the course. The recordings are available below, in Spanish and Portuguese.

Presentation: pdf Launch Virtual Course Chronic Kidney Disease (in Spanish)