Partnership Between UVA Nephrology and Nigerian Hospital Receives High Marks


Rasheed Balogun, MBBS

The Sister Renal Center (SRC) program of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) is a vital ISN initiative that works to improve the practice of nephrology in emerging countries. Under the leadership of Rasheed Balogun, MBBS, the UVA Division of Nephrology has had an ongoing SRC partnership with the renal unit at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, for several years. Through this program, which includes periodic in-country visits by Dr. Balogun and others, UVA provides expertise and educational resources that help deepen physician knowledge and improve the quality of patient care in the Nigerian renal facility.

Dr. Balogun and his Nigerian colleague at Obafemi Awolowo Hospital, Dr. Arogundade, applied to ISN for an upgrade of their program’s status to “Level A” — the highest level that can be achieved. They recently learned that their application was approved; the chairman of the SRC program, Dr. Paul Harden, remarked: “You have worked extremely hard and successfully together and, in the view of the committee, fully deserved proceeding to the next level. This year … the selection process [was] very competitive, and you scored highly in the cumulative scores from the SRC committee members.”

The “Level A” designation is for a two-year period, and is accompanied by a $15,000 grant to support educational programs.

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