Join us in person in Geneva for an event on the sidelines of WHA 76 where Devex, in partnership with International Society of Nephrology, will shine a spotlight on what’s needed to accelerate action and investment for kidney disease in low- and middle-income countries, as well as the need for more global attention to address the current inequalities of treating and preventing kidney disease.
Globally, more than 5 million people die from lack of access to treatments for kidney disease each year — and it's projected to become the fifth leading cause of death worldwide by 2040. Despite the high burden, kidney disease is slipping further and further down the global health agenda as infectious diseases — including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — continue to strain health systems and budgets. Tackling kidney disease is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals — goal three on good health and well-being for all — and a cornerstone for universal health coverage.
The number of people needing dialysis has increased by 40% since 1990, but access to lifesaving treatment remains vastly unequal, with health systems in many low- and middle-income countries unable to keep pace with the dialysis demand. The cost of kidney disease is the largest cause of catastrophic health care expenditure in low- and middle-income countries — and the public health costs continue to rise. Care for advanced kidney disease, including dialysis, is a major contributor to the health care related carbon emissions, and reducing the need for dialysis will contribute to the fight against climate change and SDG 13.
In this event we will:
• Uncover how we can accelerate actions toward investment for kidney disease.
• Bring together key voices to discuss the inequalities around kidney disease treatment and prevention.
• Explore solutions to strengthen health systems and discover how care for kidney disease contributes directly towards the sustainable development goals.
Save your spot to join us in person and be a part of the solution.
Registration for the in person event is now closed. However, we will have registration onsite available for walk-ins the day of the event on a first come, first served basis.
Networking breakfast and registration
Fireside chat - A ‘silent killer’: Chronic kidney disease in context
• Professor Vivek Jha, executive director, The George Institute for Global Health
• Joab Wako, transplant recipient and chair of the ISN’s Patient Liaison Advisory Group
Interviewed by: Allison Blount, Senior Manager, Partnerships at Devex
Panel - Accelerating action on chronic kidney disease
• Dr. Slim Slama, unit head of NCD Management, World Health Organization
• Helen McGuire, global program leader for noncommunicable diseases, PATH
• Dr. John Amuasi, Co-chair, The Lancet One Health Commission
• Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of health, Ethiopia
• Dr. Md. Titu Miah, Director general, Directorate General of Medical Education, Bangladesh Ministry of Health
Interviewed by: Kate Warren, Executive Vice President at Devex
• Firestarter: Dr Grace Dubois, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager, NCD Alliance
Kate Warren, Executive Vice President at Devex