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Supporting Existing Health Systems: Assisting Yap Department of Health Develop an appropriate chronic kidney disease clinic
With high rates of diabetes and hypertension, chronic kidney disease is becoming a problem for Yap’s community. Without end-stage treatments available, like dialysis, Yap must focus on the prevention of kidney failure.
What we did to help
The Yap Department of Health approached OCH to assist reducing kidney disease in Yap. Working with the Yap State Physicians, an OCH volunteer, Dr. Chris Lindshield from the University of Hawaii Department of Family Medicine and Community Health put together a Chronic Kidney Disease Clinic. This clinic was designed to utilize the most up-to-date prevention strategies for chronic kidney disease. It was especially designed for Yap, using the available laboratory tests, medications and life style initiatives. This clinic has put in place a protocol that is easily followed by all Yap Health Care Providers. In order to strengthen the effectiveness of the protocol a presentation was given by Dr. Lindshield on Chronic Kidney Disease. In addition, to see if the clinic is successful in reaching its goals of slowing the progression of Chronic Kidney Disease, Dr. Lindshield performed a survey of Kidney Disease in Yap over the past 5 years. This clinic will hopefully improve the medical care provided for kidney disease and eventually help reduce the rates of kidney failure in Yap.