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A Primer on Managing Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic Kidney Disease is defined as ongoing kidney damage for greater than 3 months.  It can be structural, electrolyte abnormalities, functional (decrease in glomerular filtration rate). The most common cause of CKD in Africa Hypertensive Neuropathy ( Hypertension) and Diabetes.Despite the increased prevalence of CKD, the National Kidney Foundation studies showed that there is no significant benefit of screening the general public for CKD. Yearly testing is however recommended for people with familial...

“A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” — Why Africa’s “next M-Pesa” must be in the field of chronic disease management

A stitch in time saves nine. Never has that saying been more apt than in the non-communicable disease epidemic, particularly chronic kidney disease, that is silently ravaging the African continent. Non-communicable diseases — also known in the medical community as "silent killers” — are a group of diseases whereby affected people suffer minimal or no symptoms (asymptomatic) in the early stages, then begin to experience severe, life-threatening symptoms in the advanced/late stages. An...

Diabetes & Its Long-Term Implications

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure worldwide. Yet, over 60% of adults in Africa who have diabetes do not know they have it -- the highest percentage of undiagnosed diabetes in the world. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that about 19.4 million adults in Africa are currently living with diabetes, and an additional 45 million are considered at “high risk” of developing diabetes. Unfortunately, the numbers are expected to rise in the coming...

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