The world commemorates World Kidney Day on March 9 to raise awareness about the various kidney diseases that exist and how they can affect one’s life. The human body requires a kidney to function properly and without a healthy one, even the simplest of tasks become a dire task. As a result, hundreds of events are held around the world on this day to raise awareness about kidney health. This includes things like public screenings, seminars, and marathons, among other things. The goal is to raise awareness about kidney health and how people can live a long and disease-free life.
World Kidney Day was established in 2006 to raise awareness about the importance of kidneys. The International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) collaborated to create the day, which serves as a global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health. The day also highlights the prevalence of kidney diseases and the importance of maintaining optimal kidney health. Other goals of the day include emphasizing the importance of diabetes and high blood pressure as risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease (C.K.D.), as well as encouraging systematic C.K.D. screening of all diabetic and hypertensive patients.
This year’s theme reframes kidney disease care as improving outcomes so that patients can continue to participate in their lives. The theme also emphasizes that meeting laboratory goals and adhering to protocols does not imply that the patient is being properly cared for.
WORLD KIDNEY DAY TIMELINE
A Kidney Transplant on a Dog
The first successful kidney transplant is performed on a dog at the Vienna Medical School in Austria.
An Unsuccessful Transplant
The first unsuccessful human-to-human kidney transplant takes place.
Human Kidney Transplant
The first successful live donor human kidney transplant takes place between identical twin brothers at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts — the transplanted kidney performed well for eight years.
The First Successful Transplant
In Boston, the first successful kidney transplant from a deceased donor is performed, the kidney lasted 21 months — it is the first time azathioprine, a new immunosuppressive drug, is used.
HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD KIDNEY DAY
Get a check-up
It’s impossible to know what’s going on inside your body until it’s too late. Get a checkup and learn more about your kidney health on this day.
The purpose of World Kidney Days is to spread awareness regarding kidney diseases and kidney health. So do your part and spread the message.
Share your experience
Have you ever suffered from a kidney issue? Do you know someone who experienced kidney problems? If so, share the stories on social media so people know what to look out for.
WHY WORLD KIDNEY DAY IS IMPORTANT
It creates awareness
The day creates awareness regarding all the kidney diseases that one can develop. The aim is to ensure treatment is opted for at the right time.
Highlights risk factors
The day highlights all the risk factors that are linked to various kidney diseases and what are the activities one should avoid.
Teaches how you can maintain kidney health
Due to the programs conducted on the day, awareness regarding kidney health is created. People are taught about the foods they can consume to improve kidney health.