This article describes first the organization of the ISN Renal Disaster Relief Task Force-European branch founded by the ISN Commission on ARF. The task force aims at rapid dialysis intervention in case of acute disasters associated with a high number of ARF cases caused by crush syndrome. The organization involves European volunteers consisting of nephrologists, dialysis nurses, and technicians willing to go to disaster areas as far as India, the Middle East, and North Africa to assist the local nephrologic communities. In addition, an important role in the organization is played by Médecins sans Frontiières, the industry, and several nurses' and technicians' associations. The major intervention of the task force was at the occasion of the Marmara earthquake in Turkey in 1999. Additional more recent and minor interventions occurred in India and Algeria.
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