Celebrated every year on the second Thursday of March, World Kidney Day (WKD) is the global campaign that aims at increasing awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our health and of reducing the impact of kidney disease and its associated problems worldwide.
Why is World Kidney Day Important?
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a non-communicable disease that affects 1 in 10 people worldwide. While severity can vary, CKD is incurable and causes the patient to need lifelong care. As the incidence of kidney disease escalates, World Kidney Day plays a crucial role in educating the public, the medical community and governments and in encouraging prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
World Kidney Day 2019: Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere
850 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE are now estimated to have kidney diseases from various causes. CKD causes at least 2.4 million deaths per year and is now the 6th fastest growing cause of death. Acute kidney injury (AKI), an important driver of CKD, affects over 13 million people worldwide and 85% of these cases are found in low and middle-income countries. Around 1.7 million people are estimated to die annually because of AKI.
Despite the growing burden of kidney disease worldwide, kidney health disparity and inequity are still widespread. CKD and AKI often arise from the social conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age including poverty, gender discrimination, lack of education, occupational hazards and pollution among others.
Early diagnosis, prevention and delay of progression are sustainable options to reduce costs and consequences of kidney disease for individuals and countries. Yet, barriers to available, accessible, adequate and quality kidney care persist.
In 2019, in its 14th year of existence, World Kidney Day will be marked on March 14. The campaign sets out to raise awareness of the high and increasing burden of kidney disease worldwide and of the need for strategies for kidney disease prevention and management.
World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). ISN is a not-for-profit society dedicated to advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases in the developing and developed world. IFKF is a not-for-profit federation that advocates worldwide to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of individuals with kidney disease and promotes kidney disease research.