Health Days 2016
World Kidney Day
The World Kidney Day is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) to raise awareness of kidney diseases and ways of protection. The World Kidney Day was first celebrated in 2006, and from that date on, the world still celebrates this day with a different theme and certain massages every year. The recent statistics say that 14,171 Saudis suffered from renal failure till 2012.
 
Official Date:
Globally: March 10th, 2016
Locally: Jumada Al-Akhira 1st, 1437H
 
Theme of the World Kidney Day:
The World Kidney Day's theme of 2016 is (Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It!). It is important to make the general public aware of kidney diseases which affect millions of people worldwide, including many children who may be at risk of kidney disease at an early age. It is therefore crucial that we encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, starting at birth and continuing through to old age; in order to combat the increase of preventable kidney damage, including acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease, and to treat children with inborn and acquired disorders of the kidney.
 
Objectives of the World Kidney Day:
  • Raising awareness about kidney diseases.
  • Highlighting that diabetes and high blood pressure are key risk factors for the Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD).
  • Encouraging systematic screening of all patients with diabetes and hypertension for CKD.
  • Encouraging preventive behaviors.
  • Briefing all medical professionals on their key role in detecting and reducing the risk of CKD, particularly in high risk populations.
  • Stressing the important role of local and national health authorities in controlling the CKD. Health authorities worldwide have to deal with high costs of treatment in light of the increased number of kidney patients.
  • Encouraging the act of organ donation as a life-saving initiative.
 
Logo of the World Kidney Day 2015:
 
Targeted Group:
  • Kidney patients and their families.
  • People with chronic diseases, such as diabetics and patients with high blood pressure and cardiac patients.
  • The elderly.
  • Children with kidney diseases.
  • The public.
  • Health professionals and decision-makers.
 
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