More J’cans developing chronic kidney disease

Nephrologist urges persons to adopt healthier diet, lifestyle to avoid illness An estimated 300,000 Jamaicans, or about 10 to 12 per cent of the population, suffer from chronic kidney disease (CKD), with many more not knowing that they have the illness. An estimated 300,000 Jamaicans, or about 10 to 12 per cent of the population, suffer from chronic kidney disease …

Health Disparities and Inequity in Access to Kidney Care:

A Review of Literature on Kidney Care in Jamaica and Other Low- and Middle-Income Countries By Nadia McLean and O’Neal Malcolm Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.The global burden of CKD is estimated at 500 million people worldwide, with the majority of people with CKD (80%) living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) …

Kidney disease crisis!

JAMAICANS suffering from chronic or end-stage kidney disease must fork out up to $2 million a year for treatment (dialysis) to remove excess fluid and impurities from the bloodstream or face an unthinkable alternative — death. Even at that, 3,000 people are currently on dialysis at least twice per week, typically paying $7,500 per treatment at the University Hospital of …

A kidney for Christmas — what better gift can there be?

The Yuletide season, during which men and women emphasise goodwill, caring, and love for each other — as promised in the birth of Jesus the Christ — will have special meaning this Christmas for Mr Christopher Seaga, adopted son of the late Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Battling stage four, or end-stage kidney failure, which threatened his life, the younger Seaga is …

Kidney Care in Jamaica

Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization registered in July 2012 dedicated to improving the care of children with kidney disease. The Directors of this Foundation are: Dr. Maolynne Miller, Professor Minerva Thame, Mr. William Tavares-Finson, Mr. Craig Chin, and Mr. Andrew Cocking. Our Mission To improve the care of children with kidney disease, focusing on: Kidney Failure Care …

Volunteer With Us

As a small non profit organization, JKKF relies greatly on our volunteers. From assisting us at public events, transporting medical supplies and performing administrative duties, your time and effort substantially contribute to our success. Young adults can also obtain community service credit hours, and volunteers under 18 years old will need written consent from a parent, as well as (if …

Angelee

Angelee was a happy and healthy three year old until she contracted the dengue virus resulting in severe dehydration and kidney failure. After six months of dialysis, her kidney function improved enough to discontinue this treatment. She still has high blood pressure and her kidney function is not perfect. However, Angelee is an excellent student, quick witted and forthright. She …

Shaquille

Shaquille, originally from Manchester, was diagnosed as having chronic kidney failure because of blocked kidneys (obstructive kidney disease) at 6 weeks of age. Despite surgery, his kidney disease progressed and at age 7, he started dialysis first in Mandeville then Kingston 3 years later for haemodialysis when peritoneal dialysis proved ineffective. Shaquille and his Mom have relocated to Kingston to …

Jonathan

Jonathan was delivered at home during the West Kingston Incursion of 2010. In the first few months of life he became severely malnourished and at 6 months old he was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure from abnormal blocked kidneys (obstructive kidney disease). He was very ill at that time and was hospitalized for nearly two years. His kidney failure progressed …

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