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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

MOOSA, M R; MEYERS, A M; GOTTLICH, E  and  NAICKER, S. An effective approach to chronic kidney disease in South Africa. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2016, vol.106, n.2, pp.156-159. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.2016.V106I2.9928.

Very few patients with end-stage kidney disease in South Africa receive renal replacement treatment (RRT), despite the rapidly growing demand, because of resource constraints. Nephrologists who agonise daily about who to treat and who not to, and have been doing so since the inception of dialysis in this country, welcomed the opportunity to interact with the National Department of Health at a recent summit of stakeholders. The major challenges were identified and recommendations for short- to long-term solutions were made. While the renal community can still improve efficiencies, it is clear that much of the responsibility for improving access to RRT and reducing inequities must be borne by the national government. The summit marks the first step in a process that we hope will ultimately culminate in universal access to RRT for all South Africans.

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