Webinar: HEARTS in the Americas and Kidney Health for All

Webinar: HEARTS in the Americas and Kidney Health for All
Webinar: HEARTS in the Americas and Kidney Health for All

Join us on Thursday, 10 March, 2022, on the webinar "HEARTS in the Americas and Kidney Health for All", organized by the Pan American Health Organization, through the Initiative HEARTS in the Americas, in collaboration with the Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH, in its acronym in Spanish). 

This session, the first of the HEARTS in the Americas webinar series in 2022, will coincide with the celebration of World Kidney Day. 



  • Primary health care (PHC) teams, including general practitioners, nursing teams, community health workers, nutritionists, pharmacists, and other PHC team members.
  • Specialist medical practitioners
  • Students in health-related fields
  • Technical teams in health ministries


How to participate

  • DATE: Thursday, 10 March 2022
  • TIME: 1:00 - 2:30 PM [check at the end of the page the local time in other cities]
  • LANGUAGES: Spanish, English and Portuguese, with simultaneous interpretation in those languages. 







Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects approximately 10% of the world's population. Most cases are preventable by controlling the main risk factors: hypertension and diabetes. CKD is usually progressive and does not present symptoms until advanced stages, when treatments such as dialysis and kidney transplantation are highly invasive and expensive. Many countries lack adequate registries, sufficient resources, and trained specialists to cover these treatments. This indicates great inequity in the care of kidney disease in our Region, with low-income countries being the most disadvantaged.

HEARTS in the Americas is the flagship initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). HEARTS takes a pragmatic and comprehensive approach to the effective management of hypertension and the secondary prevention of CVD, through a standardized treatment protocol for hypertension and a clinical pathway that integrates key components related to proper measurement of blood pressure, cardiovascular risk assessment, and risk-based care, while strengthening the integration of diabetes and CKD into primary health care (PHC). Currently, HEARTS is being implemented in 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including 1,167 primary health care centers covering more than 8.5 million people.

The Latin American Society of Nephrology and Hypertension (SLANH, founded in 1970) brings together 21 national nephrology societies, with a mission to advance nephrology in the region. Since 2015, SLANH has been a non-state actor in official relations with PAHO. Working together, the goal is to achieve kidney health for all.

On World Kidney Day, PAHO/WHO and SLANH are calling for the prevention of chronic kidney disease by controlling its risk factors and improving access to treatment, with emphasis on joint work among various health actors.



1:00 - 1:30 pm - Part 1: Kidney health for all: a pending issue

  • Current state of kidney health in the Americas.
    • Speaker: Dr. Guillermo Alvarez (President of SLANH)
    • Commentator: Dr. Eric Zúñiga (HEARTS consultant and member of the Renal Health Committee SLANH)

1:30 - 1:50 pm - Part 2: Comprehensive management of kidney health at the first level of care.

  • Early detection and initial approach to kidney disease at the first level of care
    • Presenter: Dr. Cristina Carlino (SLANH Renal Health Committee)
    • Commentator: Dr. Pablo Ríos (SLANH Renal Health Committee)
  • Impact of hypertension and diabetes contro on the prevention of kidney damage.
    • Presenter: Dr. Alfonso Cueto. (SLANH Renal Health Committee)
    • Commentator: Dr. Marcelo Orías. (SLANH Renal Health Committee)

1:50 - 2:00 pm -  Q & A

  • Moderator: Dr. Pedro Ordúñez, PAHO/WHO

2:00 pm - 2:20 pm - Part 3: HEARTS in the Americas and kidney health    

  • Clinical pathway for hypertension. Integrating and strengthening treatment in primary health care. .
    • Presenter: Dr. Andrés Rosende. (Consultant for HEARTS in the Americas)
  • Recursos educativos y técnicos colaborativos HEARTS – SLANH
    • Presenter: Dr. Yenny Rodriguez. (Consultant for HEARTS in the Americas)
    • Commentator: Dra Adriana Robayo. (SLANH Renal Health Committee)

2:20 - 2:30 pm -  Q & A

  • Moderator: Dr. Pedro Ordúñez, PAHO/WHO

Time correspondence

  • 10:00 am.– Los Ángeles
  • 12:00 pm. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, México City,  Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  •   1:00 pm. – Bogota,  Havana, Kingston, Lima, Panama City, Quito, Port-au-Prince, Washington DC 
  •   2:00 pm  – Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries,  Georgetown, La Paz, Nassau, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santo Domingo
  •   3:00 pm  – Asunción, Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo, Santiago
  •   7:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time in the following link


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