Podcast: Kidney Disease in Uganda

This podcast takes a look at Uganda and how kidney disease has affected the lives of the people in this country. It also touches on the hardships of relying on expensive treatment options in a resource-poor country.

Description of the Programme:uganda

The developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa are under threat by an emerging epidemic of kidney disease. Populations are no longer solely affected by ‘diseases of poverty’ such as HIV/TB/malaria but also ‘diseases of affluence’ such as diabetes and hypertension. Disease is often asymptomatic until end-stage disease develops requiring expensive treatment options such as transplant or dialysis.

In this programme I speak to patients in Uganda about how kidney disease has affected their lives, and the hardships of relying on expensive treatment options in a resource-poor country. I also speak to two experts about the issue; Dr Robert Kalyesubula is one of only four nephrologists serving Uganda’s population of 40 million people, and Dr Gavin Dreyer is a nephrologist from London who has spent 3 years developing Malawi’s first dialysis centre. Both have first hand experience of both the clinical, economic and public health issues related to kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Robert Kalyesubula    Mulago Hospital in Uganda  Dr Gavin Dreyer

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About the Author:

Jack Milln Dr. Jack Milln is a trainee physician from London. He has experience working in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Ethiopia, and currently works in deep rural South Africa. He hopes that one day someone will pay him to fly around the world making interesting documentaries about international health issues.

Visit his blog at: http://www.wordpress.com/jackmilln

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