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Albena Bulgaria May 20 – 21, 2012

According to the decisions taken during 12th IFKf annual Meeting held in Vancouver/ Canada last year, the first step to organize regional meetings has been achieved on May 20 and 21st. The President of Turkish Kidney Foundation and IFKF-International Federations of Kidney Foundations Timur Erk attended the first meeting. The first of the meetings which aims to meet over a common practice to fight against CKD in means of regional similarities such as culture and life style was hosted by Bulgarian Kidney Association and representatives from Tukey, Greece, Macedonia, The Netherlands and England. During the meeting which was held in Varna’a Albena Region, main topics were studies of IFKF, studies of BKA and Bulgarian Transplanted Patients Association, WKD 2012 and preparations for WKD 2013, fundraising strategies during economical turmoil situations, evaluation of Bulgarian national CKD research, renal nutrition therapies and ways to adopt succesful regional meetings, as well as Balkan Nephropathy which is a regional health issue. Due to one of the IFKF’s objectives, attempts to establish new foundation has come to a new stage: Greece and Macedonia have plans to establish kidney foundations.