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An Anthology of Religious Observances: Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, and Fasting with Chronic Conditions

Ramadan is the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar and is believed to be the month in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Not only do they abstain from eating and drinking, but they are also encouraged to pray more often, read more Qur’an, and give to charity. Muslims wake up before dawn to eat a meal called suhoor. The fasting period lasts […]

A.C.T.I.O.N. on Living Kidney Donation & Transplantation in Canada

International Perspectives on Access & Equity in Living Donor Kidney Transplantation

Living Donation & Faith Communities

Living Donor Kidney Transplantation in Indigenous Communities

Year One Summary

Introduction From a medical perspective, living donor kidney transplantation (LDKT) is the preferred treatment option for eligible patients with end stage kidney disease (ESKD). Access to LDKT is lower for patients from populations marginalized by race and ethnicity in Canada compared to White patients. However, few interventions have been carried out to improve equitable access to LDKT for these populations. The A.C.T.I.O.N. project, led by the Centre for Living Organ Donation at University Health Network and Providence Health Care Research […]

Kidney Health, Disease and Organ Transplantation Webinar

On August 27th, 2020, the Tamil Canadian Centre for Civic Action (TCCCA) in collaboration with the Kidney Health Education and Research Group hosted an online webinar on Kidney Health, Disease, and Organ Transplantation. The presentation was led by Dr. Istvan Mucsi and was translated by the CEO of the TCCCA, Neethan Shan. Broadly, the topics discussed included the function of the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, key facts about kidney disease and how to prevent it, and treatments options […]

An Anthology of Celebrations – Eid during COVID

There is something otherworldly about Eid mornings. Our new clothes lay on ourbeds all night, awaiting to be worn. Food has been simmering in the slow cooker,sweets and desserts firming up in the fridge to meet everyone’s mouths in themorning. The night before is the most anticipated and exciting one all year.The silent drumroll begins in our heads in Ramadan, a holy month for Muslimsaround the globe. During the month of Ramadan, we keep fasts daily from sunrise tosunset (yes, […]

An Anthology of Celebrations – Krishna Janmashtami

    Every year, Hindus celebrate Krishna Janmashtami, the birth of Lord Krishna. Families and friends gather at pristinely decorated temples, the evening before Lord Krishna’s birth, to chant prayers, sing hymns, and watch plays re-enacting the life and teachings of Lord Krishna. The celebrations continue till midnight, as we welcome Lord Krishna into the world. At midnight, all devotees line up to greet Lord Krishna whose statue is placed on top of a swing. Each devotee offers sweets, fruits, […]

The A.C.T.I.O.N. Project – A first step to addressing healthcare inequities for racialized groups in Canada

For the thousands of Canadians experiencing end-stage kidney disease, a new kidney would mean a new lease on life. Kidney transplantation started in the 1950s and became routine in the 1960s. Toronto General Hospital, home to Canada’s largest kidney transplant program, has done over 5,000 kidney transplants since 1966, 1,600 of which were from live donors. Of the options available to patients experiencing end-stage kidney disease, a living donor kidney transplant (LDKT) is the preferred treatment option for eligible patients […]