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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 53-55

Pediatric nephrology service in Nepal: Fellows' perspective from training to practice

1 Department of Paediatrics, KIST Medical College Teaching Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal
2 Department of Paediatrics, Norvic International Hospital, Thapathali, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Ajaya Kumar Dhakal
Department of Paediatrics, KIST Medical College Teaching Hospital, Lalitpur
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A trained workforce in pediatric nephrology subsubspecialty is critical to the prevention, treatment, and reduction of morbidity and mortality associated with kidney disease in the pediatric population. Currently, there is a disparity between the proportion of children with kidney disease and the workforce required to care for these children due to the lack of formal pediatric nephrology training programs in Nepal. As a result, some pediatricians are seeking pediatric nephrology training outside the country with the support of international nephrology or pediatric nephrology associations, whereas others are pursuing training opportunities on their own. This article describes the benefits and shortcomings of such training and the challenges of implementing the skills after returning to a low-resource setting. The article also offers recommendations for further improvements in such fellowship programs.

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