New kidney treatment gives hope as Malawi gets concerned with dialysis operator Fresenius corruption image

People could avoid chronic kidney disease within a decade after Bristol University scientists found  a new genetic treatment to cure a rare disorder in mice.

A novel treatment offers kidney failure and kidney transplant patients with a rare disorder new hop

The scientists are hopeful that their new technique – which involves replacing faulty genes with functional ones – could be used to treat a rare genetic disease known as Nephrotic Syndrome within three-to-four years in humans.

And they believe it could be rapidly expanded to treat those causes of chronic kidney diseases that involve genetic defects.

“This technique has massive potential. It will be transformational in many types of kidney disease that currently have no treatment and inevitably lead to kidney failure and the need for dialysis,” said Professor Moin Saleem, of the University of Bristol.

The technique involves injecting the healthy genes into the body, where they are carried to the correct kidney cells through a harmless virus so they can correct the problems caused by the faulty gene.

The news comes as Malawi has  only four dialysis machines catering for Central and Northern regions at Kamuzu Central Hospital’s Renal Unit in Lilongwe, with some machines not working effectively, and allegations of sabotage at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) amidst reports that dialysis clinic operator Fresenius Medical Care

Is bidding for that contract.

Fresenius Medical Care   is embroiled in allegations that the company paid bribes to in several countries  to win or retain business including  Malawi’s Ministry of Health that it should be given a contract for services to supply dialysis services to Kamuzu Central Hospital.

KCH Renal Unit  is serviced by Nipro Japan through their agent Worldwide Pharmaceutical (WWP). They have a total of 17 machines, but it is reported that some machines do not function.

Meanwhile, presidential adviser on non-governmental organisations Martha Kwataine said government is working to address the challenges faced by kidney patients at the KCH Renal Unit.

Chronic kidney disease is a very common long-term complication of diabetes. An estimated 40 per cent of people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes will develop it during their lifetime.

At the moment there’s no cure, but medicine can help control many of the problems that cause the condition and the complications that can happen as a result of it.

Fresenius Medical Care has reportedly embarked on a smear campaign against Nipro Japan in bid to snatch away the contract  from KCH.

However, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  recently request to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to  investigate Fresenius for gratification of officials in Malawi to win contracts.

It is alleged that Fresenius has doled out  bribes to officials in the Ministry of Health to get the dialysis deal extension despite even complaints of bad service they offered.

In Morocco, for instance, the department said the company paid bribes through a “sham” commission to a Moroccan state official in order to win contracts to develop dialysis centers at state-owned military hospitals.

The scheme worked by having the commission pay 10 percent of the value of the contract to the official, and the payment would be disguised as a bonus payment to a Fresenius company employee.

In addition to Morocco, Angola and Saudi Arabia, the company also paid bribes in Spain, the US  Justice Department said.

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Kagame Museveni
1 year ago

This so called fredeniud medical care company is an accident waiting to happen trade careful. I am here in Angola this company messed up bigtime. What is wrong with you Malawians to trust this company with lives of those with kidney problems?

1 year ago

As a country let us avoid doing things out if excitement. How on earth would you award contract to a single company called Fresenius? That is monopolising business. Inu a Tonse simuyambepo bwino apa kuba too much

1 year ago

Fresenius is not a solution to issue of dialysis machines malfunctioning. Ofcos i am aware how the company has corrupted MoH officials, KCH officials, Kidney foundation officials. All along i thought corruption was gone with dpp koma mmmmmh we have a long way to go.

1 year ago

It’s a treatment in the pipeline for damn’s sake and whose to say we will have it in the bag once it’s a done deal seeing we have not adopted many of the basic and complex lifesaving interventions opting instead to giving politicians blank cheques at self enriching schemes

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