The INTERNATIONAL NEPHROLOGY PROGRAM (on demand e-learning program) will focus on chronic kidney disease (CKD) awareness, early diagnosis, complications, and new therapeutic approaches.
CKD is a silent and very frequent non-communicable disease (NCD) that, as reported by the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study, will become the fifth cause of death worldwide by 2040. CKD is also often associated with ageing, as most deaths attributed to CKD occur in people aged between 30 and 69. Moreover, the Covid-19 pandemic has eloquently revealed how CKD, especially when combined with other comorbidities, not only defines an inherent degree of disability, but also exposes the affected individuals to highly reduced autonomy and survival, regardless of their functional status, and increases the pressure on the social welfare system.
Prevention and implementation of strategies for CKD early diagnosis, therapy and follow-up represent a key challenge that healthcare will have to face to achieve one of the objectives of the World Health Organization: reducing early mortality due to NCDs by 2025. Cost-effective and quality management of CKD at population level is a healthcare priority that can be better achieved through the development and integration of new diagnostic, therapeutic and personalised strategies, backed up by digital solutions focused on health and care.
Although CKD is one of the most frequent NCDs, we are facing a reduction in the nephrology workforce over the next decade, with potentially serious implications.
In this framework, the INTERNATIONAL NEPHROLOGY PROGRAM will provide up to 20 hours of e-learning material, parted in 5 chapter including classic mode lectures and contribution from live streaming and F2F meeting focused on the topic of CKD.
It will last 6 month and it will be widespread across the most important International Scientific Societies of Nephrology in Europe.