Chronic Kidney Disease: Global Burden and Perspectives for Africa

  • Faical Jarraya
Part of the Updates in Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection book series (UHCP)


The kidneys function as excretory, biosynthetic, and metabolic organs, is vital for maintaining normal physiology. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its terminal complication, end stage renal disease, may progress, undetected, until late stage kidney failure develops. At this point in the disease process, few opportunities exist to prevent its adverse outcomes, such as its association with high cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. CKD is caused mainly by common diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and chronic infections, and so it has become a global public health problem. CKD is costly. Preventing its occurrence by early diagnosis and optimized treatment of related causes, and preventing its progression to end stage renal failure may improve quality of life and benefit healthcare budgets. Such a strategy would be appropriate for developing countries, where CKD presents a significant challenge, which many of them, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, are not equipped to handle.


Chronic kidney disease Diabetes Hypertension Public health Developing countries Africa 


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  • Faical Jarraya
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  1. 1.Research Unit 12ES14 and Nephrology DepartmentHedi Chaker University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Sfax UniversitySfaxTunisia

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