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World Kidney Day – March 10

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World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys celebrated every year on March 10.

Mission of Kidney dayWorld Kidney Day

World Kidney Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

Main Objectives of Kidney Day of 2016

  • Raise awareness about our “amazing kidneys” Highlight that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD
  • Encourage preventive behaviours
  • Educate all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations
  • Stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic. On World Kidney Day all governments are encouraged to take action and invest in further kidney screening
  • Encourage Transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative

History

World Kidney Day celebration started in 2006. World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF)

Themes

  • 2015- Kidney Health for All
  • 2016- Kidney Disease & Children: Act Early to Prevent It