Overview of Healthcare Needs

In Jamaica, The Global Burden of Disease 2015 study ranks chronic kidney disease (CKD) as the fourth leading cause of death in the country. In Jamaica, the prevalence of chronic renal failure (defined as serum creatinine > 150 µmol/L) was estimated at 327 per million in 1999, and due to poor diet and lack of exercise, this number has risen substantially in recent years. There are only a limited number of dialysis clinics in the country. Many patients, especially those living in rural areas, lack access to dialysis clinics, which can lead to a lack of treatments and ultimately death for these patients.

Sources: healthdata.org , ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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