Theme: Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!
Kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide, including many children who may be at risk at an early age. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, to fight the increase of preventable kidney diseases and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidneys worldwide.
About the Day
World Kidney Day is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys.
World Kidney Day comes back every year. All across the globe many hundred events take place from public screenings in Argentina to Zumba marathons in Malaysia. We do it all to create awareness. Awareness about preventive behaviors, awareness about risk factors, and awareness about how to live with a kidney disease. We do this because we want kidney health for all.
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.
- 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.
Kidney disease can affect children in different ways, ranging from diseases that can be treated without long-term consequences, to life worrying situation.
Acute renal failure (ARF) is a serious condition that develops suddenly, usually lasts for a short time and can completely disappear if the act causes the patient to obtain the necessary medical treatment, but the same can also have long-term consequences.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) do not disappear with treatment and tends to deteriorate over time. CKD eventually leads to failure of the kidneys (last stage of the disease) and needs to be treated by transplantation of kidney or blood filter (dialysis).