Chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) has become a serious public health crisis in Sri Lanka. CKDu is irreversible and deadly. Current estimates point to CKDu affecting 100,000 people and is the cause of 5,000 deaths each year. It primarily affects people involved in farming or living in agricultural areas.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Sri Lankan Presidential Taskforce for Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see Australia provide new insights into the disease.
In efforts to understand this disease, ANSTO will bring together several types of science and science infrastructure as part of the research effort. “ANSTO’s expertise is in nuclear science, applied science and management of landmark infrastructure, and this new agreement is an opportunity to bring together all three, and to work on identifying the possible causes and treatments,” said Dr Paterson, ANSTO CEO.
Download ANSTO Chronic Kidney Failure Research Memorandum of Understanding [PDF 108 KB]