World Kidney Awareness Day

ISLAMIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA – DURBAN BRANCH

WORLD KIDNEY DAY AWARENESS PROGRAMME 10TH MARCH 2016

KIDNEY DISEASE AND CHILDREN – HOW TO ACT EARLY AND PREVENT IT

The Islamic Medical Association /IQRAA World Kidney Day Programme took place in Durban on 10th March 2016 to create awareness around the effects of kidney disease and dialysis in our community. The theme of the programme for this year was Kidney disease and children, how to act early and prevent it. The project launched in 2007 has been successful with the help of kind hearted sponsors and medical personnel voluntarily providing their valuable assistance and service. This successful programme was speci cally dedicated to all dialysis patients and was well attended by IMASA Committee members, sponsors, community, renal dialysis patients and their families.

The opening prayer was done by, Dr Ebrahim Khan. Welcome was done by Dr Mohamed Cassim Solwa, followed by a very informative discussion on Kidneys and the care thereof by Dr Mohamed Cassim Solwa. Dr Mahmoud Youssef- Baker from IQRAA Trust addressed the audience, with a light-hearted and motivational discussion. Dietician, Mandy Read gave an informative presentation on the Renal Diet, what it entails, as well as advice and guidelines on healthy living.

An excellent presentation was done by Nephrologist, Dr Ismail Randeree, on Causes of Renal Failure with interaction from the patients and the audience. He answered many questions posed to him. A light hearted presentation was done by Sr HB Allee on Diet and Exercise and how important this was to maintain good healthy life-style.

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks from Dr Mohamed Cassim Solwa, the closing prayer from Dr Mohamed Cassim Solwa and refreshments and delicious snacks were served. The audience indicated that the Awareness Programme was of much benefit and they learnt a lot. This unique project of the Islamic Medical Association Of SA has assisted patients who could not afford dialysis treatment and were turned away by the state hospitals. These ill patients who could not afford private treatment have benefitted and many have regained their health and lead normal active lives.

Dialysis treatment includes other associated care which is very expensive. Our aim is to assist as many patients as possible but with limited funding we are unable to provide this. We appeal and look forward to sponsorship assistance from businesses, individuals etc. to continue providing this much needed service to the underprivileged.

The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) always aims to educate the public on medical issues and caring for their health.

For more information please contact the IMA Offices on 031 2072250 or 0312084558.

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