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World Kidney Day 2016 Kidney Disease and Children

On March 10th, 2016, the world stepped up to raise awareness about kidney health in younger generations.

World Kidney Day (WKD) brought together members of the global medical community and general public to highlight the importance of kidney health. This year, the campaign set its sights on communicating about how much adult kidney disease is actually initiated in childhood.

Over 600 events were organized in some 80 countries, including the United States, Hong Kong, Mexico, Brazil, Ghana and Turkey. Tajikistan, located on the borders of Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, took part in celebrations for the first time.

Many participants spread the word on the Eight Golden Rules for Healthy Kidneys and made great use of all the campaign material. The World Kidney Day editorial was published in a record-breaking 70 journals.

As in recent years, there was great social media activity with 44,300 fans on Facebook, 7,670 followers on Twitter, 500 Instagram followers and 77,900 views on YouTube.

In all, #worldkidneyday was shared by 87 million people. On the day, many participants also shared fun and colorful selfies of their feet in action. The #moveyourfeet hashtag reached 2 million people.

See more photos on the World Kidney Day website.

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