Access to nephrology care for pregnancy-related acute kidney injury in Low- and lower-middle-income countries: A perspective

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Pregnancy-related acute kidney injury (AKI) is a major public health problem with substantial maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Women with pregnancy-related AKI require immediate access to nephrology care to prevent deleterious kidney and health outcomes. Patients with pregnancy-related AKI in low-income and lower-middle-income countries experience disparities in access to comprehensive nephrology care for many reasons. In this perspective, we highlight the burden of pregnancy-related AKI and explore the challenges among different low-income and lower-middle-income countries. The lack of adequate nephrology workforce and infrastructure for kidney health care represents a fundamental component of the problem. A shortage of nephrologists hampers the care of patients with pregnancy-related AKI leading to poor outcomes. The lack of diagnostic tools and therapeutic options, including kidney replacement therapy, impedes the implementation of effective management strategies. International efforts are warranted to empower women to get the right services and support at the right time. Dedicated preventive and early care programs are urgently needed to decrease the magnitude of pregnancy-related AKI, a complication under-represented in the literature

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Kidney Medicine