World Kidney Day is a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. The day started in 2006 and has not stopped growing ever since. Every year, the campaign highlights a particular theme. The theme for this year is “Living Well with Kidney Disease”. World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).
All across the globe, many hundred events take place from public screenings to road walk, lectures for all medical professionals about their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), particularly in high risk populations.
Chronic Kidney Disease is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years.
The day is celebrated to create awareness about preventive behaviours, risk factors, how to live with a kidney disease and stress the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD epidemic.
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.
It should be known that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) that is why it is important to encourage systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD and encourage preventive behaviours.
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.
People with kidney disease just like other persons suffering from other illnesses also need our support and love. You can do well to share the following inspirational quotes with them.
If opening your eyes or getting out of bed or holding a spoon or combing your hair is the daunting mount Everest, you climb today that’s ok- Carmen Ambrosio
You are the one that possesses the key to your being, you carry the passport to your own happiness- Diane von furstenberg
You are allowed to scream, you are allowed to cry but do not give up– Unknown
If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind, if you don’t, you are simply ducking your responsibilities- Ann Richards
Inspiration comes from within yourself, one has to be positive
When you are positive, good things happen- Deep Roy
Once you choose hope, anything is possible- Christopher Reeve
Your illness does not define you, your strength and courage does- Unknown
I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me– JoshuaGraham