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World Kidney Day - Raising awareness for Chronic Kidney Disease

 
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Standing up for kidney health

On the 13th of March, Fresenius Medical Care Australia celebrated World Kidney Day (WKD) by organising an awareness event that aimed to highlight the prevalence, risks and preventive measures of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to the public. By showing their dedication the team handed out free water bottles sharing the message of “Start the day with a glass of water” – the theme behind this year’s World Kidney Day initiative. 

The World Kidney Day organisation is a joint initiative by the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF). World Kidney Day’s mission aims to raise awareness of the important role our kidneys play to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.

Kidney Health Australia states that 1 in 3 Australians is at an increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease.1 The main causes leading to CKD are diabetes and hypertension in most countries.

Held at Milsons Point Train Station in Sydney, this year’s kidney disease awareness event was themed around the ageing kidneys. Staff engaged the public by educating them about the kidney’s functions, as well as risk factors, early detection and prevention of CKD. Specifically, patients with diabetes and hypertension should undergo a systematic screening for CKD. If CKD is diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated and moreover lead to a reduction of other complications.2

On the day of the event, Fresenius Medical Care staff members donned their “I LOVE MY KIDNEYS” badges while they handed out bottled water to the public with brief information on how to live a ‘kidney-healthy life’.

By the end of the day around 500 bottles were given away while multiple conversations broadened the public’s view on WKD and what it means to live a kidney friendly lifestyle.

To learn more about World Kidney Day, click here. 

References:

  1. Kidney Health Australia, NEW STUDY SHINES LIGHT ON SILENT KILLER, Media Release, 5th Aug 2013
  2. World Kidney Day Organisation, Available: http://www.worldkidneyday.org/about/day (Accessed 10 April 2014)