World Kidney Day Is March 14

March is National Kidney Month, and March 14 is World Kidney Day. World Kidney Day is a global campaign to raise awareness of the importance of our kidneys to overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and associated health problems worldwide. This year’s theme is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.” The theme highlights the growing burden of kidney disease as well as kidney health disparity and inequity worldwide. This year, the campaign is calling for universal health coverage for prevention and early treatment of kidney disease.

Additional campaign objectives are to:

  • 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 behaviors.
  • Educate all healthcare 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.
  • Encourage transplantation as a best-outcome option for kidney failure, and the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.

World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations and is endorsed by various professional and patient organizations, including ANNA.

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