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Saint Kitts and Nevis Unveils Kidney Transplant Program with Lebanese Pioneering Surgeon Nadey Hakim

Saint Kitts and Nevis marked a healthcare milestone with the launch of its Kidney (Renal) Transplant Program on November 24th, 2023. Spearheaded by Prime Minister and Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew, this initiative promises accessible healthcare and improved quality of life for those battling end-stage renal disease.

Key Points:

Government's Commitment: Dr. Terrance Drew highlighted the government's commitment to accessible healthcare, particularly in addressing the increasing incidence of renal disease linked to chronic conditions.

Prof. Nadey Hakim's Vision: The program's genesis lies in Dr. Drew's collaboration with renowned transplant and bariatric surgeon Professor Nadey Hakim. Professor Hakim, a distinguished figure at Imperial College London and Cleveland Clinic London, lent his expertise to shape this transformative initiative.

Hope for Patients: Dr. Jenson Morton, Director of Health Institutions at JNF, expressed excitement about the program, emphasizing the hope it brings to end-stage renal disease patients. The initiative is poised to ease financial burdens and enhance overall quality of life.

Prof. Nadey Hakim's Impact: Nephrologist Dr. Dunia Diegguez Velqzgue highlighted the transformative impact of kidney transplants, underlining the life-changing benefits. With a nod to Professor Hakim, she emphasized the restoration of all kidney functions and improved health.

Prevention Message: The Minister of Health stressed a dual message to the public: prevention through healthy lifestyle practices and early management of chronic diseases. The program signifies a significant advancement in healthcare, with specialized care now available locally.


Saint Kitts and Nevis celebrates a groundbreaking healthcare initiative with the Kidney (Renal) Transplant Program. The collaboration with Professor Nadey Hakim underscores a commitment to advancing healthcare infrastructure, offering hope, and transforming lives in the Federation.

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