Every year, there are about 13.3 million cases of acute kidney injury (AKI). A burden that is becoming particularly high in emerging countries, where the annual incidence is estimated to be 11.3 million. Out of 1.7 million deaths per year caused by AKI globally, around 1.4 million occur in low- and middle-income countries.
AKI is often preventable and treatable with few, if any, long-term health consequences. Identifying the signs and beginning treatment early means more patients will get essential care before it is too late.