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[Comment] Equity and economics of kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa

13 Jul 2013

Onset of chronic kidney failure used to be a death sentence. This situation changed with the introduction of dialysis and transplantation, so that many people whose kidneys fail can expect to live long and productive lives, but only if they live in rich countries. The situation in sub-Saharan Africa is entirely different. A study from Nigeria reported a median survival of 2 weeks in 760 patients presenting with end-stage kidney failure. Of 556 patients who started haemodialysis, only 6·8% could afford to continue for more than 12 weeks.

Date: 
13 July 2013

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