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IFKF educational course guidelines

IFKF Guidelines for Collaboration between the IFKF and Individual Kidney Foundations for Educational Courses for Kidney Healthcare Professionals (2016)



These guidelines aim to standardize the procedures relating to collaborations between the IFKF and individual kidney foundations concerning the organization and implementation of approved educational courses for healthcare professionals such as nurses, dietitians and social workers/counsellors and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in the care of people with or at risk for kidney disease.

Individual IFKF members and associate members are encouraged to recommend kidney foundations to the IFKF Education Committee that may benefit from such educational courses in their own region and elsewhere.

The individual kidney foundation(s) must be a member(s) of the IFKF.


Purpose of education courses

  • To improve the knowledge of renal healthcare professionals in the specific needs of kidney patients, with the view to providing an improved service for kidney patients.
  • Help to energise individual kidney foundations in novel service delivery
  • Increase the diversity and importance of the mission of kidney foundations.
  • Expand the visibility of kidney foundations with regard to the public at large and increase their standing with scientific and professional organizations in the medical field, including societies of nephrology.
  • Serve as a mechanism for fundraising for kidney foundations.
  • Increase the visibility and branding of the IFKF.


Target audience

Healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients with or at risk of kidney disease, particularly nurses, dietitians, social worker/counsellors, and other two professionals involved with this care (e.g. pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, transplant coordinators etc.).

Kidney foundation employees and volunteers should also be encouraged to attend.

Depending on the focus of the course, patients, their family members and/or representatives of patient associations may attend and/or participate in the teaching.


Duration of courses

Depending on location and the specific local needs, it is anticipated that most courses will be of two to three days duration and situated in convenient locations to the kidney foundation hosting or sponsoring the educational program.


Organisating the course

1.Role of the IFKF

The IFKF Education Committee and its designee will be available to assist the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in organising and planning educational courses for all professionals that care for kidney patients, but it is the host kidney foundation that will specify its requirements and needs. The host kidney foundation will be responsible for developing the courses unless the foundation and the Education Committee agree on an alternative.

IFKF Education Course Guidelines                                                     1

Updated March 2016

If the IFKF designee is the first point of contact then he/she should make the LOC aware of the need to submit required information to the Chair of the Education Committee, as soon as possible.

The following information is needed to obtain IFKF approval and the use of IKFKF branding on the course material (using the IFKF logo).

  • The initial and final program for the educational course at both planning and final stages
  • Accreditations of the invited speakers
  • Details of any  contributions/sponsorships from company sponsors, both monetary and other
  • A report of the meeting, including details of attendees with one or two photographs for publication on the IFKF website

The final program, once developed, must be submitted to the Education Committee in advance (six to eight weeks as a minimum) before commencement dates of the courses to be held, for the Committee’s review and approval.

This process is necessary to establish and ensure a standard for the course and to allow the use of IFKF brand as a mark of quality..

The IFKF will advertise the courses on its website and by its newsletters and other means, provide experts to help both organize and teach these courses, as required.

2. Role of the Kidney Foundation and the Local Organising Committee (LOC)

The host kidney foundation will appoint a local organizing committee composed of the relevant professional disciplines and others as needed.

The host kidney foundation is responsible for providing the financial resources required to cover its expenses and financial responsibilities.

The Kidney Foundation will be responsible for drafting the program. This should include the aim and learning outcomes/objectives of the course, the program titles with accredited presenters of the lectures and their affiliation.

They will also produce and administer an appropriate evaluation form for completion by attendees with results contained in a final report for the IFKF including photographs of the event..

The above information needs to be sent to the Chair of the Education Committee within one month of the course.

Th information will then be placed on the IFKF website.

The host kidney foundation is responsible for all local logistics:

  • Invitatation of competent course teachers from the local, national or international renal community (IFKF) as the kidney foundation desires.
  • Provision of travel and accommodation costs, if any that is required for the teachers to participate in these courses.
  • The LOC  with participating professional organizations may seek to obtain course accreditation as part of their CPD requirements (Continuous Professional Development)
  • Organisation of meeting facilities, administration, registration, badges, certificates, lecture handouts, audio equipment, translating facilities, catering etc.
  • Advertising, creation of a website, obtaining  financial support from companies, exhibitors and the setting up of exhibitions

NB. These guidelines will be subject to review, any changes will be approved by the IFKF President, the President’s designee and the Chair of the Education Committee.

2nd RENAL NUTRITION SEMINAR Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya,Selangor, Malaysia 18 &19 August 2014

NKF jointly hosted the 2nd Renal Nutrition Seminar, an international event, with the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA). The seminar was held on 18 &19 August 2014 at the Crystal Crown Hotel in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. It was open to both local and overseas participants in the medical field which includes medical doctors, pharmacists, dietitians and nurses.

In the welcome speech, Y. Bhg. Dato’ Dr. Zaki Morad Bin Mohd Zaher, the Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Kidney foundation of Malaysia said, “Nutrition assessment and management of patients on renal replacement therapy has proved to be difficult and challenging. I am happy to note that the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia together with IFKF, UKM and MDA have put together a comprehensive interactive programme addressing various aspects of nutritional issues in dialysis patients”.

The event was attended by nearly 200 individuals and amongst them were participants from other countries such as Japan, Singapore, India and Indonesia. Cases studies were also used to make the seminar more meaningful and lively by some of the presenters. Amongst these were the internationally recognized presenters Professor Dr. Joel D. Kopple, M.D. the Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Dr. Maria Chan from the St. George’s Hospital in Australia. Both of them shared their vast wealth of experiences and research findings with the audience.

Hong Kong Renal Nutrition Workshop & Forum 2014

The event was hosted by Hong Kong Kidney Foundation and Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, supported by the Hospital Authority, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Dietitians Association and Hong Kong Association of Renal Nurses and co-sponsored by International Federation of Kidney Foundation.

The aim was to increase the awareness and interest of the renal healthcare professionals and dietitians in Hong Kong, on the importance of renal nutrition as part of the comprehensive patient care of patients with kidney failure.

A workshop and two forums were held to cover a wide spectrum of topics, from basics to practical issues. Three world renowned experts – Professor Joel Kopple (US), Professor Alp Ikizler (US) and Dr. Maria Chan (Australia) were invited to share their expertise in renal nutrition. They were joined by local speakers – Dr. Siu-Fai LUI, Chairman, Hong Kong Kidney Foundation, Dr. Samuel FUNG, Chairman, Hong Kong Society of Nephrology, Dr. Angela WANG, Ms. Cherry LAW and Ms. Hazel CHOI, Dietitians and Ms. Eva HO, Nurse Consultant (Renal Care), Ms. Wendy Ma (Vice-Chairperson, Hong Kong Dietitians Association and Ms. Sandra Lo (Cluster Coordinator Dietitics, Hospital Authority).


Renal Nutrition Course Guatemala 18 & 19 March 2013

This one and a half day training course was developed by our IFKF member organization “FUNDANIER”. It aimed to help dietitians to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to undertake the appropriate dietetic assessment, management and monitoring patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Click here for the program.

To provide the dietitian with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure the appropriate approach and counseling for patients with CKD.

The III workshop “The Importance of Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease” was held on March 18 and 19, 2013 in Guatemala City. The Workshop was attended by 57 dietitians and faculty members from the capital city, from several other parts of the country and from three countries of Central America (San Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica)

Six weeks before the workshop, selected reading material was circulated to the delegates. Each day had a series of master classes ( 3 hours on the first day and 8 hours on the second day) with a case discussion sessions of 45 minutes each on the first and second day.

The first day of the workshop was an overview of kidney disease. The second day was devoted to a review of CKD nutrition, tools to assess nutritional status, kidney disease epidemiology, causes for protein caloric wasting, obesity and metabolic syndrome, recommendations for diets for non dialyzed CKD patients and those on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis and minerals and trace elements requirements.

The teaching faculty included Dr. Joel Kopple and three national experts: Licda Victoria Rodriguez, Lic. Cristina and Dr. Randall Lou

Following the workshops, delegates were able to: Describe the most common causes of CKD and the factors that may affect progression

  • To understand how to interpret relevant information: diagnosis, biochemistry, medication, diet and the risk of progression
  • To evaluate the practical aspects of diet therapy in adults on peritoneal dialysis and maintenance hemodialysis
  • To evaluate the practical aspects of diet therapy in children on peritoneal dialysis and maintenance hemodialysis
  • To explain the causes of malnutrition and nutrition related problems requiring intervention in CKD
  • To understand the multidisciplinary approach of patients with CKD

Some of the participants/Faculty members:
Left to right: Nancy Rivera, Mario Hendriquez (El Salvador), Gabriela Guerrero, Edgar Reyes, Karla Sebastian, Joel Kopple (USA), Randall Lou Meda, Victoria Rodriguez, Viviana de Rodas, Lilian Rodriguez, Cristina Brolo.