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The World Congress of Nephrology 2015 (WCN 2015) is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) event hosted by the South African Renal Society (SARS) in partnership with the African Association of Nephrology and the Renal Care Society of South Africa (RCSSA). 


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International Society of Nephrology (ISN)

The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a global not-for-profit society dedicated to improving kidney care and reducing the incidence and impact of kidney disease worldwide. Through its global network and programs, ISN brings together the developing and developed worlds in a collaborative effort in fighting and treating kidney disease on a global scale.

With 9,000 professional members from 129 countries, ISN represents a wide international network. It provides an efficient platform for timely scientific exchange, debate and communication between all healthcare professionals involved in preventing and treating kidney disease. By collaborating with over 70 national and regional societies, ISN represents over 20,000 professionals around the globe.

Since 1960, the ISN has been providing nephrologists worldwide with highly valuable services, such as publications, meetings, capacity-building programs, and has been spearheading concerted awareness-generating efforts such as World Kidney Day. For more information, visit www.theisn.org.



South African Renal Society (SARS)

The South African Renal Society was founded in 1967 as a professional organization to promote the discipline of nephrology and serves as a resource for government, medical professionals, other organizations, and the public and provides guidelines for the optimal care of renal patients.

The Society, in collaboration with the Renal Care Society of South Africa, arranges a biennial conference for the benefit of physicians, scientists, nurses and other health care workers interested in Nephrology. The South African Renal Society is an affiliate society of the International Society of Nephrology. For more information, visit www.sa-renalsociety.org



African Association of Nephrology (AFRAN)

The principal purpose of AFRAN is to promote the development and establish scientific identity for African nephrology. For this purpose AFRAN shall organize, support and sponsor the following activities:

  • Holding of regular congresses in African countries.
  • Publishing of African Journal of Nephrology (AJN) and AFRAN Newsletter.
  •  Improvement of nephrology education in Africa through support and hosting of workshops and continuing nephrology education.
  • Establishment of relevant registries.
  • Promotion of research specifically addressing nephrological problems in Africa, particularly at a multinational level.

For more information, visit www.afran.org



Renal Care Society of South Africa (RCSSA)

The RCSSA is a national non-profit society and our mission is to advance the professional development of members practicing in nephrology, transplantation and related therapies, and to promote the highest standards of patient care. The slogan “We care, we treat, we teach” is the heart of the Society.

Established in May 1975, the Renal Care Society of South Africa (RCCSA), aims to: promote and develop education in renal care; initiate, improve and enhance through its membership, high standards of perfection, efficiency and cooperation between all personnel involved in renal care; encourage research relating to renal care and its related subjects and to collect and disseminate technical, nursing and medical information and knowledge; develop a close relationship between individuals members of the Society; hold at least one congress and one symposium every two years; obtain funds to assist and enhance education nationally and internationally; provide the public with information regarding the prevention of renal diseases. For more information, visit www.renalcaresoc.org.



Supporting Organizations


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 African Pediatric Nephrology Association (AFPNA)

The African Pediatric Nephrology Association (AFPNA) is the official representative of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) in Africa. It has currently 163 members from 29 African countries. AFPNA was born in 1999 and affiliated to IPNA in 2000. There are currently 3 regional training centers: Cairo, which has trained doctors from Sudan, Libya and Ethiopia; Cape Town and Johannesburg, both sponsored by IPNA, which have trained doctors from Nigeria, Benin Republic, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. Prof Felicia Eke is the current President since 2006. More members are recruited yearly and the achievements of the Society are progressing with the aim of having representatives from all the 53 countries of Africa. For more information, visit www.afpna.com.


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International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA)

The International Pediatric Nephrology Association (IPNA) is comprised of roughly 1500 pediatric nephrologists and allied professionals representing 89 countries around the world. Together, we work to disseminate knowledge about kidney disease in children in the areas where care is needed most. Our mission is to promote the optimal care of children with kidney disease worldwide by advocacy and education. For more information, visit www.ipna-online.org.