Researchers recently examined the quality of dialysis and health outcomes in people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) in sub-Saharan Africa. The systematic review of the literature pooled 68 studies, amounting to just over 25,000 adult and child participants with chronic kidney disease or ESKD.
The findings revealed that just over 95% of people with ESKD who were unable to access dialysis died or were presumed to have died. Of those able to access treatment, almost 60% of adults discontinued dialysis. When comparing new cases with prevalent cases, mortality was higher in the former. 80% of people with incident ESKD discontinued dialysis, and only 1% received kidney transplants. Read the full study here.