A B.C. team is co-leading Canada's largest-ever effort to improve care for people with kidney disease. The Can-SOLVE CKD Network (Canadians Seeking Solutions and Innovations to Overcome Chronic Kidney Disease) aims to reduce the number of people who need dialysis or organ transplants, or who develop related illnesses that are debilitating or deadly.
The 5-year, $40.4 million initiative will address three major areas for improvement: early identification of the disease; determining the best course of treatment; and ensuring delivery of the best patient care. Aboriginal communities will be an area of focus, given the high risk for kidney disease among First Nations Canadians.
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, through its Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research, awarded the team $12.5 million, while 30 other organizations – including the Kidney Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Society of Nephrology – will provide $27.9 million in funds or in-kind support. Several other Canadian universities are participating in one or more of the projects, and people living with kidney disease are participating in the projects' design, management and follow-through.
It is the Canada's biggest investment in research to improve care for people with chronic kidney disease - a condition affects one in 10 Canadians, at a cost to the health care system of over $50 billion a year.
This series of infographics provides an overview of the Can-SOLVE CKD initiative. For more information, contact via email.