Every year the second Thursday of March is celebrated as ‘World Kidney Day’ across the world. A health awareness campaign is jointly initiated by the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations on this day.
The first World Kidney Day was observed in 2006 with 66 countries participating and now the number has gone up to 88. It is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of kidneys and kidney-related diseases hence reducing the frequency and impact of such ailments worldwide.
Each year a theme is decided for the day to focus on various aspects of the subject and the theme for this year is ‘Living Well with Kidney Disease’. This has been done to empower kidney patients and their family members to help them deal with the trauma.
The patients, as well as their care partners, should feel supported especially in challenging circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the National Health Portal of India, one in 10 people is affected by a kidney disease globally taking the total tally to more than 850 million in the world.
It becomes important to observe this day because Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)…