The aim of World Kidney Day is to draw public attention to the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to help protect the kidneys, the risks for developing kidney disease and the impact it has on patients.
This year, World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day are on the same day – Thursday 8 March 2018.
In addition to general awareness, our focus is also on the importance of women’s kidney health, especially:
- Raising awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD) – in the UK, it is more common than in men, especially in older women, however, fewer women go on to need dialysis or a kidney transplant. It is reassuring that this is partly due to their kidney disease progressing more slowly than in men.
- Getting a timely diagnosis – helping women to access therapies that may help slow progression of their kidney disease.
- Better planning and close monitoring throughout the pregnancy for women with kidney disease to help improve outcomes.
How you can get involved in World Kidney Day 2018:
- Organise an activity or event to draw public attention to the importance kidney health and the risks of kidney disease (focussing on women’s kidney health if appropriate).
- Add your event to the global World Kidney Day Map!
- Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Use #worldkidneyday in all your tweets and posts.
- Share and re-tweet our Kidney Facts – to be release through Facebook and Twitter from 1-8 March
- Promote World Kidney Day on your website.
- Add links to the World Kidney Day UK website (www.worldkidneyday.co.uk) in the emails you send.
- Download our World Kidney Day campaign materials for web or print, or order Support Packs for your awareness event.