African Caribbean Kidney Association (ACKA)
The African-Caribbean Kidney Association is a volunteer Chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. We aim to help individuals of African and Caribbean origin understand and manage their risk for kidney disease. ACKA has been in existence since 2010, and became a formal Chapter of The Kidney Foundation of Canada on March 21, 2013.
ACKA strives to be a conduit within the African Caribbean community to provide supportive programs to individuals living with or at kidney disease who are in need, and to implement strategies to raise public awareness of risk factors, and prevention of complications from kidney disease.
Chronic Kidney Disease and the African Caribbean Community - Know the facts & get tested!
African Caribbeans include peoples of West Indian background and whose ancestors were primarily indigenous to Africa. The African Caribbean community is included in the high risk ethnic group and has a disproportionate burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which tends to have an earlier onset and a more rapid progression in this population. Many of the factors responsible for the rapid progression of CKD in the African Caribbean community are detectable by screening and reduced through lifestyle modification. Prevention plays a critical role in improving health. It is important to be educated on how to identify and reduce your risk of chronic kidney disease.
Take care of your health and get checked. Get tested and know your risk factors. Know your blood pressure level. Know your glucose level. Know your creatinine level. Know your Body Mass Index (BMI).
Impressions Gala brings together the African Caribbean Kidney Community to honour Dr. Remi Ojo & Dr. Tabo Sikaneta
On Saturday, May 7, over two hundred people gathered for The African Caribbean Kidney Association’s first Impressions Gala. The event, organized by a dynamic volunteer committee, was both a celebration and tribute to the work of Dr. Ojo and Dr. Sikaneta, but also a wonderful opportunity to highlight the important work of The Kidney Foundation in the African Caribbean community.
Impressions is the premier event paying tribute to Pioneers, Innovators, Leaders and Caregivers; individuals who have placed their unique fingerprint into their contributions and have left an indelible mark on the kidney community.
Dr. Tabo Sikaneta, a Nephrologist at The Scarborough Hospital and a member of ACKA, delivered a keynote presentation on Understanding and Preventing Kidney Disease, and a patient spokesperson shared her own journey with kidney disease to add a personal perspective.
The African Caribbean Kidney Association strives to be a conduit within the African Caribbean community to provide supportive programs to individuals living with or at kidney disease who are in need, and to implement strategies to raise public awareness of risk factors, and prevention of complications from kidney disease. Stay tuned for event photos!
To view other ACKA and Kidney Foundation events, please see the calendar
To contact the African Caribbean Kidney Association:
1599 Hurontario Street, Suite 201
Mississauga, ON L5G 4S1
Phone: 1.800.387.4474 ext.4140
African Caribbean Kidney Association Board of Directors
Isreal Hunter, Co-Chair
Paulette Lewis, Co-Chair
Carlene McLean, Co-Chair
Dr. Tabo Sikaneta
Yee Young Sang
* Volunteer-led Chapter.
Employee Contacts 905.278.3003 / 1.800.387.4474
Anthony Tirone, Director, Philanthrophy & Community Development, Ext. 4962