About World Kidney Day
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the importance of our kidneys—amazing organs that play a crucial role in keeping us alive and well—and to spread the message that kidney disease is common, harmful and treatable.
It began in 2006, and is now observed in over 100 countries.
The day takes place annually on the second Thursday in March.
One of the only vital organs that people can donate while alive, this day both brings attention to all the important things kidneys do for us and it's also a chance to celebrate kidney donations.
World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF).
Objectives of World Kidney Day
- 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 behaviors.
- 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.