Acting early to prevent kidney disease - World Kidney Day 2016
10 March 2016 will see the eleventh World Kidney Day take place. This year’s theme is ‘Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!’ The day will focus on improving education, facilitating early detection and ensuring that throughout an individual’s life – starting at birth – everyone is well equipped to combat and manage kidney disease.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness about preventive behaviours, awareness of risks, and awareness of how to live with kidney disease. Awareness-raising is such a crucial part of the Day because the disease can impact children in many ways, from treatable conditions, to those that are long-term and can be life-threatening.
The Day is a joint initiative between the International Federation of Kidney Foundations and the International Society of Nephrology. Since its initial launch in 2006 with the theme ‘Are your kidneys OK?’, the campaign has gone from strength to strength with many different events taking place across the world each year.
Events around the world
A number of IAPO members will be taking part in the Day, including the Association of Patients with Kidney Diseases and Friends, who will host a congress in Bulgaria. The event, aimed at dialysis and kidney transplant patients, will hear from experts in nephrology, cardiology and endocrinology, as well as offering delegates screenings for Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol and Hepatitis C.