This year World Kidney Day continues to raise awareness of 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.
Kidney disease is a non-communicable disease (NCD) and currently affects around 850 million people worldwide. One in ten adults has chronic kidney disease (CKD). The global burden of CKD is increasing, and is projected to become the 5th most common cause of years of life lost globally by 2040. Chronic kidney disease is a major cause of catastrophic health expenditure. The costs of dialysis and transplantation consume 2–3% of the annual healthcare budget in high-income countries; spent on less than 0.03% of the total population of these countries. In low-income and middle-income countries, most people with kidney failure have insufficient access to lifesaving dialysis and kidney transplantation.
Crucially, kidney disease can be prevented and progression to end-stage kidney disease can be delayed with appropriate access to basic diagnostics and early treatment. However, while national policies and strategies for NCDs in general are present in many countries, specific policies directed toward education and awareness about kidney disease as well as CKD screening, management and treatment are often lacking. There is a need to increase the awareness of the importance of preventive measures throughout populations, professionals and policy makers.
The term “prevention” refers to activities that are typically categorized by the following three definitions:
Specifically, primary prevention of kidney disease requires the modification of risk factors, including diabetes mellitus and hypertension, unhealthy diets, structural abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tracts, and/ or overuse of medicines etc.
We at India Renal Foundation hosted several events to mark World Kidney Day and highlight a global awareness campaign dedicated to elevating the importance of overall kidney health.
The list of events includes awareness and screening camps, walks, handing out leaflets at cross roads, drawing competition, cycle rally and awareness through social media.
Here is a glimpse of all events
State-wide screening camps, for BP and Diabetes, were held in association with Sterling Accuris Laboratories.
Kidney Walk at Vadodara
Cycle rally and Awareness talk in association with Indian Medical Association, Mehsana branch at Mehsana
Awareness talk at Bardoli
Screening camp at Rajkot
Awareness talk at Deesa
Leaflet distribution at Surat
Drawing competition at Bhavnagar
Awareness and Screening camp at Bhavanagar
Leaflet distribution at Prahladnagar garden and SBR garden in Ahmedabad
Awareness and Screening Camp at Women ITI, Ahmedabad, Thaltej
Indian Renal Foundation celebrated World kidney day on 12-Mar-2020 at below locations.
|Awareness and Screening Camp at Women ITI|
|Awareness and Screening Camp|
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.
850 million people worldwide are believed to have kidney diseases from various causes. Chronic kidney disease (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, it affects over 13 million people worldwide and 85% of these cases are found in low and middle-income countries.
Moreover, CKD and AKI contribute massively to increased morbidity and mortality from other diseases and risk factors including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, as well as infections such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Furthermore, CKD and AKI in children, not only lead to substantial morbidity and mortality during childhood but also result in medical issues beyond childhood.
This year, World Kidney Day sets out to raise awareness of the high and increasing burden of kidney diseases worldwide and the need for strategies for kidney diseases prevention and management.
Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere calls for prevention and early treatment of kidney disease.
Specifically, WKD calls on everyone to advocate for concrete measures in every country to improve kidney care:
Roughly 5 Lakh people in Ahmedabad are estimated to suffer from a kidney disorders. Around 8.9 % of the Gujarat state’s population suffers from chronic kidney disease. Greater awareness and early diagnosis can help tackle this problem.
Several programmes like systematic screenings, kidney check-up camps were held across all our chapters. Citizens were motivated and given health tips on how to prevent kidney diseases. Group health events like walking and bike rally were organised. To keep kidney diseases at bay regular check up of blood pressure, diabetes, family history of kidney disease, obesity etc. were suggested.
All programmes were sponsored by Fresenius Medical Care and Concord Biotech. We appreciate their support.
World Kidney Day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme.
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|
|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|