World Kidney Day
World Kidney Day (WKD) is a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations. Its mission is to raise awareness of the importance of the kidneys to overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. The second Thursday of March each year has been designated as WKD and the first WKD was held on 9 Mar 2006. Every year, the campaign focuses on a different theme.
The SSN coordinates activities, together with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF), to commemorate the event in Singapore each year. The activities include seminars for family physicians (SSN/NKF) and nurses (SSN/NKF/Singapore Nursing Association) and public forums (KDF). Unique events included a World Kidney Day Fair in 2008 and KDF’s Amazing Kidney Race in 2010.
World Kidney Day Fair at National Library (2008)
Past themes include:
2006 Are your kidneys OK?
2007 Chronic Kidney Disease: Common, harmful and treatable
2008 Your amazing kidneys!
2009 Protect your kidneys: Keep your pressure down
2010 Protect your kidneys: Control diabetes!
2011 Protect your kidneys: Save your heart
2012 Donate – Kidneys for Life – Receive
2013 Kidneys for Life – Stop Kidney Attack!
2014 Chronic Kidney Disease and Aging
2015 Kidney Health for All
2016 Kidney Disease & Children – Act Early to Prevent It!
2017 Kidney Disease and Obesity – Healthy Lifestyle for Healthy Kidneys