World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
World Kidney Day is observed annually on the 2nd Thursday in March. At the start of this holiday, 66 countries observed this date in 2006. Within two years, this number rose to 88. WKD is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). This initiative was intended to raise awareness about afflictions of the kidney; although many are treatable, they are a secondary medical concern of the greater population.
On this World Kidney Day (WKD), which coincides with the International Women’s Day, Amar Gandhi foundation (AGF) and Mumbai kidney foundation(MKF) wish to bring the focus back on Women’s Health & also to bring out the important role played by Women in the health of their family and of the society. Hence starting 8th March 2018, the AGF and MKF will launch all over India, Kidney Disease Prevention project. This project is aimed to halt the epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) & non-communicable disease (NCD) spreading in our Country.
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Because World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global health awareness campaign focusing on controlling Kidney Disease at the government level, society level, physician level and individual level. More importantly in our country WKD reminds us that if we do not control NCD’s like diabetes, Blood Pressure and Obesity which leads to CKD, we will be overwhelmed by the huge financial and public health burden of managing CKD patients, which India cannot afford.
Why on International Women’s Day:
Because women can make a huge difference to the success of the programme, as they are the fulcrums around which family food habit & culture can rotate, thus women become the most important stake holder in the campaign.
(This article is written by Dr. Umesh Khanna who is a senior nephrologist and the secretary of Amar Gandhi Foundation)