The World Kidney Day is an awareness campaign conducted globally with the aim of raising awareness on the importance of kidneys and the need to keep them healthy.
The World Kidney Day was established in 2006 and is commemorated around the globe on the second Thursday of March every year. It is marked with events to create awareness on issues such as preventive behaviors, living with kidney disease and risk factors involved.
All this is done with the aim of reducing the impact of kidney disease, its associated health problems as well as reduce the frequency of kidney ailments.
World Kidney Day 2016 Theme
This year, the World Kidney Day falls on 10th March 2016 with the theme being: Kidney Disease & Children. Act Early to Prevent It! This is with the aim to “encourage and facilitate education, early detection and a healthy life style in children, starting at birth and continuing through to old age, 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” [Worldkidneyday.org]
At the moment, there also is an ongoing awareness campaign dubbed Move Your Feet for World Kidney Day which has brought forward the hashtag #MoveYourFeet4WKD. This is aimed at encouraging people to remain active by engaging in activities such as dancing, walking, swimming, cycling and Yoga among others.
By so doing, this symbolic gesture is aimed at creating awareness on the impact our lifestyle choices have on our kidneys and how a healthy lifestyle can help lessen the dangers and burden of kidney disease.
To mark this event, the National Kidney Foundation of Kenya will be conducting free screening at Garden City Mall Thika Road. This will be accompanied by an education forum including a Question and Answer Forum.
Recommended further reading:
World Kidney Day Org: Move Your Feet
World Kidney Day Org: 2016 WKD Theme