This section of our website will feature practice guidelines which may be of interest to our members and will not be limited to nephrology only. The emphasis will be on guidelines developed locally.

The following documents were adopted by the SA Renal Society:

– SARS Statement On Use Of Generic Immunosuppressant Drugs
– Guideline for the optimal care of patients on chronic dialysis in South Africa
– Guideline for chronic dialysis in children in South Africa
– Guideline for the care of patients with acute kidney injury
– Haemodialysis once a week – SARS Position Statement

The Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism puts forth the principles which should govern ethical organ transplantation. Also read the Lancet Commentary on the Declaration as well as the WHO Guiding Principles on Transplantation. Professional societies and governments are urged to endorse the Declaration and, where this is lacking, to develop regulations to implement the principles contained therein. SARS is one of the organisations that have formally endorsed the Declaration.

The RenalSmart Nutritional Information System (

Prof. Marietjie Herselman and Nazeema Esau of Stellenbosch University developed this web-based diet management programme for adults with renal failure. It allows interaction between users, as well as free access to educational material and recipes. From the homepage there is access to the RenalSmart Application which automatically calculates the dietary prescription, meal plan and menus for each patient, based on their medical and clinical information.