Program Aim

Linking developing pediatric renal units in less well resourced regions (EMERGING CENTRE) to experienced pediatric renal units in well resourced regions (SUPPORTING CENTRE) on a 1 to 1 basis.

Assist in improving:

  • Clinical training of staff (medical, nursing and allied health staff) involved in caring for children with kidney disease
  • Developing and upgrading services for children and adolescents with kidney diseases
  • Education of the community regarding disease awareness and preventative strategies
  • Clinical research development

NB Educational Grant and not a Service grant - i.e. not to buy medication and equipment.

Read more about the first Sister Centre project here.


  • Priority to Host centres from Emerging Countries to be teamed on application with Mentor centre
  • Centres in similar geographic proximity are encouraged
  • Preference to a centre who has a previously trained IPNA fellow
  • Both applicants (EC) and (SC) must be IPNA members

Requirements for paired application

Emerging Centre

Supporting Centre

Name and position of Applicant with CV

Centre - Name and geographic region
Support letter from Hospital CEO

Motivation for application including needs and goals for 2 year commitment Motivation for application - How supoporting centre can support Emerging Centre for 2 year commitment
Financial plan - with breakdown of how money will be spent

Existing hospital facilities including:
- Number of staff
- Number of paediatric beds and any dedicated renal beds
- Hospital facilities including radiology
- Biopsy and histology capacity
- Dialysis availability and type

Describe assistance in terms of:
- Journal subscription or textbooks
- Webinars
- Emails/Whatsapp support

Main Language of communication
Past IPNA fellows  


2-years paired program.

Financial plan

Up to a maximum of USD 2500 for a 2-years period.

  • 2 x airline flights - 1 to EC and 1 to SC (presumption that EC/SC may be able to provide accommodation for duration of visit)
  • USD 500 for educational meetings: teaching courses (may be able to host a IPNA teaching course) or educational material for staff and parents/patients


  • Reviews with assessments of success and challenges of program at 1 year, 2 years and 1 year post completion of program.
  • Keep developing new programs with a 2-year tenure only.


→ Online application here


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