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World Kidney Day: 14 March

World Kidney Day: 14 March

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global awareness campaign of letting people knows the importance of their kidneys with an aim to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney diseases.

It is observed on the 2nd Thursday of March every year.

WKD began as joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology and the International Federation of Kidney Foundation but now it has expanded to involve many renal societies, NGO’s, celebrities, governments as well as a common man.

Every year a particular theme is set.

WKD was celebrated on 14 March of 2019.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD)

World over 850 million people are estimated to have kidney disease from various causes.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes 2.4 million deaths per year and is the 6th fastest growing cause of death. Diabetes and Hypertension are the leading causes of CKD, with the increase in the longevity and improved lifestyle these two diseases are on the rise and hence a long term reciprocal rise of CKD.

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