Kidney Disease

Introduction : Startling Facts

Some Common Kidney Diseases

How do you get it?

How is it treated?

How should you take your medicines

How to avoid it?


More Info...


As weight loss diets go, high protein plans seem to have more staying power - but so do questions about their safety. One concern is for your kidneys, since it is their primary function to filter out protein by-products... Read more

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   IKAGENG MOHALE(picture left) was born in 1976 and at the age of fifteen months he developed kidney disease. He was taken to the Paediatric Unit at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital where he was put onto peritoneal dialysis. At the age of nine he was transferred to the Paediatric Renal Unit at the Johannesburg Hospital where his first kidney transplant was performed in 1985; the transplanted kidney was rejected the following year... Read more

Welcome to the website of the National Kidney Foundation of South Africa. We hope visitors to our site will find interesting information of a clinical nature, as well as useful and interesting advice on preventing kidney disease, through healthy eating and lifestyle. Our ultimate objective is to prevent kidney disease and assist in the treatment of kidney patients, especially the poor. We do this through education and awareness, research grants, funding of treatment, and support for the indigent. Knowledge is power, and to this end we also support the development of outreach programmes, international contact and the establishment of a kidney disease registry.

To all our donors, benefactors and partners in the past a warm word of thanks for their support. Without you we would not have been able to do what we have done.

“There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness, which is, in my opinion, the giving of one’s time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding, and helping those who are suffering and in danger, and not merely in leading an exemplary life in a purely passive way by doing no wrong.” - Sir Nicholas Winton. If you would like to live out these wise words you can show your support by making a donation.



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  • By making a once-off donation;
  • By making a monthly or annual donation; or
  • By leaving a donation in your will.

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