Strengthening Renal Registries and ESRD Research in Africa

M. Razeen Davids, Fergus J. Caskey, Taryn Young, Gillian K. Balbir Singh

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Summary: In Africa, the combination of noncommunicable diseases, infectious diseases, exposure to environmental toxins, and acute kidney injury related to trauma and childbirth are driving an epidemic of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Good registry data can inform the planning of renal services and can be used to argue for better resource allocation, audit the delivery and quality of care, and monitor the impact of interventions. Few African countries have established renal registries and most have failed owing to resource constraints. In this article we briefly review the burden of chronic kidney disease and ESRD in Africa, and then consider the research questions that could be addressed by renal registries. We describe examples of the impact of registry data and summarize the sparse primary literature on country-wide renal replacement therapy in African countries over the past 20 years. Finally, we highlight some initiatives and opportunities for strengthening research on ESRD and renal replacement therapy in Africa. These include the establishment of the African Renal Registry and the availability of new areas for research. We also discuss capacity building, collaboration, open-access publication, and the strengthening of local journals, all measures that may improve the quantity, visibility, and impact of African research outputs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-223
Number of pages13
JournalSeminars in Nephrology
Issue number3
Early online date20 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • Renal registry
  • translational research
  • open access
  • Africa
  • research impact


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