World Kidney Day Is March 12

World Kidney DayMarch is National Kidney Month, and March 12 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.

The 2020 theme is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere – from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care.” This year World Kidney Day continues to raise awareness on the increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide and to strive for kidney health for everyone, everywhere. Specifically, the 2020 campaign highlights the importance of preventive interventions to avert the onset and progression 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.

As part of the campaign this year, the #MyGr8Rule challenge – involving the 8 golden rules of kidney care – launches on February 8.

#MyGr8Rule Challenge

8 Golden Rules

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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