It’s World Kidney Day!
Today, we are celebrating Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere.
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) affects approximately 10% of the world’s adult population: it is the 12th cause of death worldwide, and its impact on patients and their families can be devastating. Acute kidney injury (AKI), an important driver of CKD, affects over 13 million people worldwide and 85% of these cases are found in low- and middle-income countries.
While in 2010, 2.6 million people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) or ‘kidney failure’ received dialysis or transplantation worldwide, this number is projected to increase to 5.4 million by 2030. If policy inaction is not reversed now, CKD will be the 5th leading cause of Years of Life Lost in 2040.
Despite the growing burden of kidney disease worldwide, kidney health disparity and inequity are still widespread. Early diagnosis, prevention and delay of progression are sustainable options to reduce costs and consequences of kidney diseases for individuals and countries. Yet, barriers to available, accessible, adequate and quality kidney care persist.
This year, World Kidney Day calls for universal health coverage (UHC) for prevention and early treatment of kidney disease. UHC represents an immense opportunity for substantial gains to patients living with (or at risk of) kidney diseases; protecting them from health impoverishment and improving equity in kidney health across socioeconomic groups.
Today, patients, advocates, nephrologists and the entire kidney community are celebrating WKD! There is no better occasion than this to highlight your ongoing commitment towards kidney health and to amplify the visibility and reach of your messages. If you wish to pledge your support to our cause, share your support with your Twitter network by clicking here.
Help us raise awareness on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: use our hashtag #WorldKidneyDay, retweet/share our posts and make as noise much as you can.
Finally, our work is only possible thanks to our 2019 global supports. We are grateful for the support of: AstraZenca, Baxter, Danone, Fresenius Medical Care.