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World Kidney Day : 8th March 2018

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.

World Kidney day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology(ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations(IFKF).

It is celebrated on 2nd Thursday of March every year.


Objectives

  • 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 of World Kidney Day

World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme.

  • 2018 Kidneys and Women’s Health
  • 2017 Kidney Disease and Obesity
  • 2016 Kidney Disease in Children: Act early to prevent
  • 2015 Kidney Health for All
  • 2014 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and aging
  • 2013 Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
  • 2012 Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
  • 2011 Protect your kidneys: Save your heart
  • 2010 Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes
  • 2009 Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
  • 2008 Your amazing kidneys!
  • 2007 CKD: Common, harmful and treatable
  • 2006 Are your kidneys OK?

We had organised several programmes like awareness and detection camps at Parimal Garden, Prahladnagar Garden and M.G. Science Institute in Ahmedabad. Kidney walk was held at Bhavnagar, Vadodara and Rajkot in association with other organisations. Informative leaflets were distributed at busy cross roads in Surat and had also placed hoardings to raise awareness at various public places in Vadodara. Awareness was also given through ‘Bhavai’ in Vadodara at GandhinagarGruh .

In Ahmedabad, primary kidney function tests of almost 200 people were done . Out of 200 people , 20 people were found diabetic and 5 people with high Serum Creatinine level.

Before the ‘ Kidney Walk’, Dr.Archit Patel and Dr. Manish Dabhi, Nephrologists gave a speech on how obesity causes kidney disease and cadaveric kidney transplantation respectively at GandhinagarGruh in Vadodara . The walk was flagged off by Shri Anilbhai Patel, Director of Baroda Institute of Medical Science (BIMS). We thank Sterling Hospital and BIMS for their contribution and support.

Kidney walk at Rajkot was held in association with Shivshakti School. The walk was held from KishanparaChowk to Race Course via Jilla Panchayat and back to KishanparaChowk. All expenses were sponsored by SurakshaSetu Society, Rajkot. We thank trustees of Shivshakti School and SurakshaSetu Society for their support.

In the similar fashion, a walk of 3 km in association with Sneha Foundation and Ashwamegh Trust was organised to raise awareness from Khedutvas to nearby slum area in Bhavnagar. We thank Shri Gurupritsingh, Director of Ashwamegh Trust for their active participation and support.



Girls Polytechnic Jivantirth Loksevakendra
   
Jyotisangh Sanand Taluka
   
Camp at Prahladnagar Garden, Ahmedabad Camp at Parimal Garden, Ahmedabad
   
Kidney Walk, Bhavnagar Kidney Walk , Bhavnagar
   
Awareness Camp at Shivshakti School, Rajkot Kidney Walk, Rajkot
   
Distribution of hand outs, Surat Bhavai at Gandhinagar Gruh, Vadodara